Free tax service offered on campus

By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporters

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. At Highline, you can get help with one those.

The April 17 deadline to file income taxes approaching, it can be tricky to know where to file your taxes and to maximize your returns.

Businesses tack on fees that deduct from your return. When filing online, you often do not know for sure if you are getting the best return and are unable to get assistance from a professional.

United Way of King County is here to help. It has set up 30 locations around the Puget Sound area to help people with their federal taxes.

From Tuesday to Thursday at 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 99, room 291, tax professionals will be on hand to help you file your taxes and maximize your refund.

While appointments are not a necessity and drop-ins are welcome, many of their sites can get busy so it is recommended that you arrive as close to 1:30 p.m. as possible.

Anyone in the community who makes less than $66,000 is eligible for the service and can go to any of the sites, they will just need to make sure to bring all their paperwork to make the process as smooth as possible.

First, everyone who is filing will need to bring their Social Security cards, their Photo ID, their tax forms (forms like W-2, 1099, SSA-1099) and their health insurance 1095-A form.

Those filing for both you and your spouse, your spouse must be present at the time of filing.

It is also recommended that you provide a copy of last year's return, and your bank account number and routing number.

If you are unable to make it to one of the tax sites, you are also able to file for free online.  You can go to the website and file. Many of the sites also have computer labs set up to allow people to file online while still receiving help.

The volunteers are able to help most people, but some cases such as involving income from a rental house and international students are too complex for them to assist.

The City of Seattle, IRS E-file, Seattle Credit Union, Key Bank, Change Counts, fiserv., and the Foster School of Business are all sponsoring this service.

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