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Free Tax Preparation

**ATTENTION**
Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, United Way of Snohomish County’s Free Tax Prep Sites will be closed for the rest of the tax season. Important updates to be aware of:
  • The Internal Revenue Service has pushed tax filing and payments out to July 15, 2020. Visit www.irs.gov for more information.
     
  • The FREE online tool www.myfreetaxes.com is also available for tax filing. 
Please see answers to the questions below that may be helpful. 
 

How is my tax return related to the economic stimulus payment? 

The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return. Keep in mind that the IRS has extended the deadline for filing your 2019 taxes until July 15, 2020, and you’ll have until the end of 2020 to claim your money.

Can I get my stimulus money via direct deposit instead of a check?

If you filed your 2018 or 2019 tax return and received a refund that was direct deposited to your bank account, the IRS will use this information to deposit your stimulus payment. Similarly, if you owed money and had the payment directly withdrawn from your bank account, the IRS will not use this information to deposit your stimulus payment.

The deadline to provide direct deposit information to the IRS has passed. If the IRS doesn't already have your direct deposit info, your stimulus payment will be mailed to the address on the latest tax return you filed. For more information, visit the IRS website.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 economic stimulus relief?

Visit Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's blog for comprehensive information.
 

Will I still be able to talk to someone at United Way about my taxes?

If you used one of our tax sites to file a 2019 return between January and March of 2020 and need to file an amendment or have questions on your return, we will certainly try to help. Contact uwsctax@uwsc.org or 425.374.5519.
 
For any new returns, please visit www.myfreetaxes.com for online filing or the IRS website for more information about this tax season.
 

Do I qualify for myfreetaxes.com online filing? 

You are eligible if you earn $69,000 a year or less; you did not earn income from rentals or military; you didn't have any business losses; and your business expenses totaled less than $25,000 in 2019.
 

Can I get additional support with filing a new return using myfreetaxes.com?

Yes. from United Way of King County. Visit www.uwkc.org/need-help/tax-help or call 1.833.540.0800. 

Do I qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit issued by the federal government to lower-income taxpayers. To claim the EITC, the IRS requires that you earn regular income from a job in the form of wages, tips, commission and salaries. While the EITC is able to help many people, many who qualify for this credit, do not claim it.

2019 Tax Year Adjusted Gross Income Limits for the Earned Income Tax Credit
Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must each be less than:
 
If Filing... No Children One Child Two Children  Three or More Children
Single, Head of
Household or Widowed

$15,570

$41,094 $47,703 $50,162
Married,
Filing Jointly
$21,370 $46,884 $52,493 $55,952
 

What documents do I need to file my taxes?

  • Social Security card or ITIN number and dates of birth for everyone on your return REQUIRED.
  • W-2s or other income statements for you and your spouse from ALL your employers.
  • Form 1095-A, -B, or -C if anyone on your return had health insurance for any part of 2019. REQUIRED.
  • Any 1099 forms (for income from interest, dividends, retirement, social security, or unemployment).
  • Name, address, and taxpayer identification number of childcare provider, if you pay for childcare.
  • Records of student loan payments. 
  • Records of payments for educational expenses, such as college tuition.
  • Mortgage interest and property tax statements, if you own a home.
  • Bank account number for direct deposit.

Are other tax sites open in Snohomish County or nearby?

Unforunately, no. AARP and United Way of King County have also closed their tax sites due to mandated regulations of "social distancing" and prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people. 

 

I want to check the status of my refund. How do I do that?

Once your return has been filed, you can check your refund status with the IRS' Where's My Refund tool.
 

I need a copy of a previous year's return. Where can I get one?

Obtain a copy from the IRS.
 

Additional Tax Help

Need help outside of tax season?
The IRS provides information on a wide range of tax topics, including interactive tax assistance that helps with most questions on their Interactive Tax Assistant page on the IRS' website.

Having trouble resolving an issue with the IRS?
Contact the Local Taxpayer Advocate Service (nearest in Seattle) at 206.946.3707. More information on what the Taxpayer Advocate Service helps with can be found online here.

Have an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)?
You may need to renew it! If you do not, it may present problems with filing your tax return in 2020. Get a head start by referencing the press here:

What are your rights as a taxpayer?
Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights by reading the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Want to stay updated on the tax law changes coming in 2020?
Visit the Tax Reform webpage on the IRS website to find out what will be changing.

Questions?

Contact uwsctax@uwsc.org or 425.374.5519.