In its 13th year, United Way's Free Tax Preparation Program (a.k.a. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA) offers FREE tax help to people who make $55,000 or less. We know that taxes can be complicated, and other tax preparation services can cost upwards of $400. Let us help you file your taxes for free!
IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your taxes for you at no cost. 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.
Since its inception, our Free Tax Program has helped save local families more than $3 million in filing fees and costs, as well as securing $42 million in refunds and valuable tax credits for tens of thousands of families.
Why use United Way's Free Tax Prep?
Certified by the IRS, our volunteers go through rigorous training and extensive testing to make sure tax returns are prepared correctly and are submitted securely.
Tax returns are filed electronically through United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Program, ensuring quick turnaround times for receiving refunds, and at no cost to the taxpayer.
Did you know that, when you pay for a rapid refund, you are actually taking out a loan? Sometimes those loans charge you up to $400 in interest, in addition to the up-front fees! We provide a free alternative to other places that charge you a high fee to get your refund. Why pay for tax preparation when you can get it done free? You earned it—it belongs in your pocket!
How does it work?
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?
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 2019. 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 2019?
Visit the Tax Reform webpage on the IRS website to find out what will be changing.
- The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a “paycheck checkup.” Because of the tax law changes, this calculator will help taxpayers determine if they’re having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.
- Need to update your withholding with your employer? Download a new Form W-4 and submit to your employer.