United Way free tax preparation center helps bring back over $750K to south county

The center will remain open until April 15
Apr 01, 2013

Working on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings, volunteers have helped 363 people in South Snohomish County file their taxes for free as part of United Way free tax preparation program.

The tax preparers, working out of Cedar Valley Middle School in Lynnwood, have helped residents get back $753,003 in refunds including $257,207 through the Earned Income Tax Credit saving taxpayers more than $59,895 in preparation fees.

The center will remain open until April 15.

The average income for those making use of the program is approximately $25,000 a year.

In addition to the Free Tax Preparation Center in Lynnwood, United Way has also established sites in Everett, Marysville and Monroe.

The tax sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers. At each site, volunteers are able to help people in English and Spanish.

The free service is intended to help people who make $51,000 or less annually.

Over the past four years, United Way volunteers have prepared 9,181 tax returns worth more than $15 million in refunds for Snohomish County working families.

This year’s sponsors and partners include The Boeing Company; the Washington State Department of Commerce; Moss Adams, LLP; Goodwill; the Walmart Foundation; and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

What You Should Bring

Although no appointment is necessary, people should bring a picture ID; social security card or tax identification number for everyone on the return; W2s or other income statements from all employers, any 1099 forms; the name, address and tax ID number for your child care provider; records of student loan payments; record of payments for educational expenses such as college tuition; mortgage interest and property tax statements; a bank account number to receive your refund via direct deposit; last year’s tax return – if you have it; and if you’re filing jointly, both spouses must be present to file electronically.

 

Locations and Hours

United Way’s Tax Preparation Center in Lynnwood is at Cedar Valley Middle School (19200 56th Ave W Lynnwood) and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 102 programs through 39 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at uwsc.org.

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