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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Tax Prep

  • United Way of King County/Seattle University
    Low Income Tax Prep

    Need Help with Taxes?

    The 2014 United Way of King County/Seattle University Low Income Tax Prep Program has started! Here is some information to help you answer routine questions.

    For nearly 40 years, Seattle University accounting students have been providing the local community with a valuable tax preparation service. The program is a joint venture between Seattle University accounting students, United Way of King County, and the Internal Revenue Service. Students and United Way volunteers prepare tax returns for the public free of charge. The program was developed with the goal of helping individual taxpayers cope with the complexity of filing an accurate tax return. It gives accounting students a chance to use their skills to help others in the Seattle University community.

    Former SU Accounting Professor John Harding established VITA in 1975, when the Internal Revenue Service asked for volunteers to help the public work through the complexities of tax returns.

    When & Where

    Where?

    Goodwill Seattle, 1400 S. Lane Street (near the corner of Dearborn and Rainier)

    When?

    Mondays - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Wednesdays - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    When does it start?

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    When does it end?

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    What should I bring?

    1. W-2s or other end-of-year wage statements that you or your spouse received from ALL your employers.
    2. Picture ID
    3. Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for every person in your household that you support.
    4. Birthdates for every person to be claimed on your return.
    5. Any 1099 forms (for income from interest, dividends, retirement, Social Security or unemployment).
    6. Name, address and social security number or tax ID number for your child care provider, and your co-pay statement for day care for the year 2013.
    7. Records of payments for educational expenses, such as college tuition.
    8. Mortgage interest statement and property tax statement if you own a home.
    9. Checking and savings account numbers for direct deposit.
    10. A copy of last year’s tax return if you have it.
    11. Anything else that you think may affect your return, even if you are not sure.
    12. If filing jointly, both filer and spouse must be present to sign. 

    Is there a fee?

    No. This is a free service for households making less than $51,000.

    Can I make an appointment?

    You don’t need an appointment, but many sites get very crowded, especially during January and April. Customers should arrive as close to the site’s opening time as possible for the best chance of getting served. Customers who arrive later may not be able to see a volunteer.

    Electronic Filing?

    Yes

    Types of Returns we cannot prepare:

    Sorry, no business taxes, rental income, or sale of property or stock.

    For more information, contact Jani Medeiros in the Accounting Department at (206) 296-5723.