IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified families and individuals. This year, we will offer three tax prep options:
- Families and individuals - walk-in, in-person tax prep: Walk into a tax site and inquire about open time slots for in-person filing. First come, first served basis with no guarantee of availability. Wait times will vary.
- Families only - drop-off tax prep: Drop off tax information, sign forms, and pick up completed taxes one week later. No appointment necessary. Wait times will vary. Only available at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Mondays at St. Vincent de Paul in Monroe, or on Saturdays at Hand in Hand in Everett.
- Families only - in-person tax prep with appointment: Make an online appointment on a first come, first served basis. Appointments are for in-person filing only. Expect up to 1 hour to complete taxes on-site. Make an online appointment today!
When do tax sites open?
The IRS announced that it will not start processing tax returns until Monday, Jan. 28 due to the government shutdown. United Way of Snohomish County’s free tax preparation sites will open, as normal, on or after Tuesday, Jan. 22 (see our list of site times for details). Staff will be on site that week to begin preparing tax returns for walk-ins and appointments, but there will be a delay in returns until after the official IRS start date. Dropped off tax returns will not be accepted until after Monday, Jan. 28.
More on IRS' website.
What are the benefits of drop-off tax preparation?
In the last few years, VITA has explored and honed the drop-off model and this is United Way of Snohomish County’s second year offering this option. This new way of tax prep makes it easier for families and individuals to get their taxes done without spending hours at a tax site. Benefits include the following:
- Reduced wait times, which is more conducive to family schedules
- Increase access to other related resources, as a majority of sites are integrated with community hubs
I want to get my taxes done! What do I need to know?
Snohomish County Hours and Locations
Below are the hours and locations for each of our seven tax sites:
Will I still be able to talk to someone about my taxes?
Yes! IRS-certified Tax volunteers will be at each of our tax sites. You may also leave a message on our customer call line at 425.374.5530 and one of our tax site managers will call you back with answers to your questions.
Do I qualify for Free Tax Prep through United Way?
You are eligible if you earn $55,000 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 2018.
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.
2018 Tax Year Adjusted Gross Income Limits for the Earned Income Tax Credit
Earned income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must each be less than:
What documents do I need to bring with me to the tax site?
We cannot prepare your return unless you bring ALL required documentation.
- If filing jointly, both filer and spouse must be present to file electronically.
- Picture ID REQUIRED. Must be government-issued (e.g. driver's license, military ID, Medicare card)
- 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 2017. REQUIRED.
- Any 1099 forms (for income from interest, dividends, retirement, social security, or unemployment).
- Name, address, and taxpayer identification number of child care provider, if you pay for child care.
- 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.
- A copy of last year’s tax return, if you have it.
How long will filing my taxes take?
Drop-Off: If you choose to drop off your taxes, within 7 days of drop-off your tax return will be completed and ready for your review. Simply return to the same location you visited originally to review your completed return, sign applicable documents, and take a copy of your return home with you. Our trained volunteers then e-file the return for you. It’s as easy as that!
Appointment: If you are a family with young children and make an appointment, you arrive at your assigned time and it can take up to 1 hour to complete your taxes in person. Limited appointments are available.
All walk-ins have the option for in-person tax preparation on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited based on availability. Drop off tax preparation is available for anyone who comes to a tax site.
Why can't I make an appointment if I'm filing taxes as an individual?
- Our Free Tax Prep Program focuses on making sure families access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and other credits important to young children and their families with low income.
- Currently, there are no other Free tax preparation services in our community that is focused on families. However, there are other free tax prep services available for individuals, such as the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and United Way of King County's Free Tax Prep.
- Wait times, and in some cases, return trips for families with young children can be especially difficult. We believe it is important to remove these barriers for families in our community.
What if I can't make it to a location during tax site hours?
You may file for free any time online at www.myfreetaxes.com. Or, drop your taxes off at another tax preparation site near you that has different hours. Visit www.uwsc.org/taxhelp or call 425.374.5530 for complete information on site locations and hours.
I want to volunteer! How can I help?
Visit https://www.uwsc.org/vitavols for more information and sign up today!