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Free Tax Preparation


United Way of Snohomish County's Free Tax Preparation Campaign
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. 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.
IRS-certified volunteers prepare your taxes 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. We know that taxes can be complicated, and other tax preparation services can cost upwards of $400. United Way helps you file your taxes for free!
Our tax sites for the 2019 tax season is now closed. The deadline to submit taxes to the IRS was April 15, 2019. 

Still need to file? Free options listed below:

  • AARP Tax Aide program
    • In-person preparation, same-day returns
    • Appointment based
    • Locations throughout Snohomish County
    • Must set up a location by going online, or calling the specific site location (site hours and contact info online)
      • Go online to to find the Tax Aide program, input your location to find the site closest to you
      • Call the location to make an appointment
    • No income limit
  • United Way of King County
  • Call 2-1-1
    • For other options, call 211 (or) 800.621.4636

I want to check the status of my refund. How can 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.



Want to Volunteer?

Stay tuned! You can find more information on volunteering for the 2020 tax season in the fall. Contact with questions.