United Way’s free tax prep sites open Tuesday

United Way of Snohomish County is scheduled to open six free tax preparation sites starting next week throughout Snohomish County — three in Everett and one each in Lynnwood, Marysville and Monroe — to help working families prepare their tax returns and keep more of what they earn.

Last year, 2,511 Snohomish County working families had their taxes prepared for free at a United Way Tax Preparation Site, saving an estimated $414,315 in tax preparation fees. Those families had an average refund of $1,700, which amounted to nearly $4.28 million in refunds including $1.25 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

This year, the sites will be open starting Tuesday and running through April 15. They’ll be staffed by United Way volunteer tax preparers. This service is available for households earning $51,000 or less.

This year’s sponsors and partners include the Boeing Co., the state Department of Commerce, Moss Adams, LLP, Goodwill, the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

Although no appointment is necessary, people should bring photo identification; Social Security card or tax identification number for everyone on the return; W-2s 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.

Here are the locations and hours for the tax preparation sites:

Everett

•Goodwill’s South Everett Job Training and Education Center, 228 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett;

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•North Middle School, 2514 Rainier Ave., Everett;

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•South Everett Foursquare Church/Children’s Village, 14 E. Casino Road, Suite D, Everett;

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lynnwood

•Cedar Valley Community School, 19200 56th Ave. W, Lynnwood;

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marysville

•Goodwill’s Marysville Job Training and Education Center, 9315 State Ave., Marysville;

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monroe

•Park Place Middle School, 1408 W. Main St., Monroe;

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, go to www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 211 for information and referrals.

Find tax help

The American Association of Retired Persons provides assistance for people at Sno-Isle Libraries beginning in February. To find out location and times, go to the Sno-Isle website at www.sno-isle.org/, click under Classes &Events and go to February or a later month.

Free tax filing help for military personnel and taxpayers with low or moderate incomes also will be available Feb. 1 through April 15 at the American Legion Post 178 at 119 Cedar Ave. in Marysville.

The service is also offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Participants do not need to be a member of AARP to get help.

Tax help will be offered 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Appointments are recommended; call 425-220-4940.

For other locations, call 888-227-7669 or go to www.aarp.org/taxaide.

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