Tax Time: Get help at Highline

By Olivia Clements- Staff Reporter



Take the stress out of filing your taxes this year by using the free tax preparation service provided by the United Way of King County. 

The United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation in 27 different locations, including Highline. 

Students and others who need to get their tax forms filled out don't have to go any further than their own school. 

You can fill out your taxes with United Way on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Building 99 until April 20. No appointments are needed. 

Learn more about the free tax campaign on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 2-6 p.m. in Building 8, Mt. Constance room.  There will be a drawing for $10 gas cards every 30 minutes and kid table activities.

"This year, we're trying to expand our reach across King County, in order to help community members achieve financial stability," said social work intern Stevie Kimmet, who is working with United Way of King County's free tax preparation campaign.

The United Way's service goals are to alleviate poverty for 50,000 people. The 2016 free tax preparation campaign had 900 volunteers, 21,000 tax returns, and $29.1 million in tax returns filed.

For 2017, United Way plans to work with more than 1,000 volunteers to help prepare for more than 23,000 tax returns. 

Other free tax preparation sites include 1200 S 336th St. Federal Way; 1590 A St. NE, Auburn; 25742 104th Ave SE, Kent; 206 S. Tobin St. Renton; 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien; and 1031 SW 128th St. Burien. 

People who need to file are usually individuals who are currently employed or previously employed and want a part of their tax withdraws back. 

"When they file return, if they are claimed on their parents return they can't have a personal exemption" said Anthony Burke from the Internal Revenue Services in Washington, DC. 

If you want a personal exemption, make sure you're not claimed on someone's tax returns. Burke also suggested that students make sure they have everything they need to file before they start. 

Common information you will need to file taxes are Social Security numbers; copies of last year's tax returns; bank numbers and routing numbers if depositing your refund directly into your account; and W-2 forms from all employers you worked for in the past year.

Tax Time: Get help at Highline

Take the stress out of filing your taxes this year by using the free tax preparation service provided by the United Way of King County.


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