Any household making $51,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free. Hundreds of IRS-trained and certified United Way volunteers help people file their tax returns. The service is easy, gets clients’ refunds quickly, and is absolutely free. Along with tax preparation, volunteers help clients with additional services such as savings bonds purchasing, assistance applying for public benefits, and pulling credit reports.
A new feature this year—you can text TAX and a five-digit ZIP code (for example, “TAX 98104”) to 313131 to learn which site is nearest to you. The link below provides additional information about this service, and attached are flyers translated into language that many of our consumers speak.
In 2012, United Way of King County served over 3,000 clients aged 55+ and helped return $5.5 million in refunds to the clients. In total, UWKC volunteers prepared 14,400 tax returns and helped return $20.7 million in federal refunds to the community, including $7 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The tax campaign saved local residents more than $1.5 million in tax preparation fees. There’s still time for new volunteers to receive training, if you or someone you know is interested.