United Way seeks clients, volunteers for free tax prep program

November 18, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

Though Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, the focus at the United Way of King County is already on income tax season.

The nonprofit organization offers free tax preparation and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to middle- and low-income families.

Organizers seek volunteers to help prepare tax returns. In addition to tax preparers, the United Way also seeks helpers to man intake desks, enroll eligible families for public benefits and serve as interpreters. Learn more about the program here or call 206-461-5048.

The organization seeks speakers of Cambodian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Korean, Chinese, Tigrinya and Russian to act as interpreters at the preparation sites.

Volunteers commit to a four-hour shift per week from Jan. 11 to April 15 — the tax filing deadline. Volunteers must complete a certification exam and training related to tax law and TaxWise software. Enroll as a volunteer here.

During the 2010 campaign, 600 volunteers donated 16,000 hours and prepared 14,000 tax returns. The effort saved clients more than $1 million in tax-preparation fees.

The free preparation is available to households earning less than $50,000 per year. Organizers plan to offer the service at 18 sites throughout King County.

The nearest center to Issaquah is Crossroads Bellevue, Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast. The center is scheduled to be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. from Jan. 18 to April 14.

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