United Way of Pierce County is committed to moving families to financial stability. We want families to keep the money they have worked so hard for and make the most of their tax return.
One of the ways we are doing this is by connecting them to free tax preparation and tax credits that are available to eligible families. For households making less than $64,000 a year, they can access MyFreeTaxes.com to file their taxes for free. The site provides easy, fast, secure federal and state tax filing online through software partner, H&R Block.
United Way has partnered with the Pierce County Library System to put dedicated computer kiosks in local branches for patrons to file their taxes. The kiosk can be reserved at the branch and includes detailed information to help users make the most of the MyFreeTaxes.com site.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member and working adult.
- 1095-A if you received a tax credit from the healthcare.gov marketplace.
- Childcare provider name, address and tax ID, if applicable.
- Bank routing and account numbers for checking or savings account (if you qualify for refund via secure direct deposit).
- Last year’s tax return, if you have it.
- A valid email address.
- W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other income forms.
LOCAL TAX ASSISTANCE
South Sound 2-1-1 is also partnering with Pierce County Asset Building Coalition to provide tax help for low-income families. For households making less than $54,000, they can get free tax assistance and file for free at one of more than 20 sites throughout Pierce County from late January through April. Volunteers will prepare client taxes free of charge, determine if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and find other credits to boost their bottom line. To find a site near you, dial 2-1-1 or check here. Click on the location to the right for full details on hours, requirements and what to bring.
Accessing tax credits is another way to help families keep money they have earned. Did you know that only one in five people who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) actually claim it? The amount of the credit depends on your income and the number of qualifying children you have.
This is money that could be used to pay off debt, put into savings, or even invest in savings bonds.
Find out more about tax credits you may be eligible for:
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking for people to help prepare taxes and serve as interpreters. If that is you, sign up to volunteer today!
SPREAD THE WORD!
USE YOUR VOICE
We know EITC works, yet some working Americans are excluded from the powerful, proven impacts of the EITC. In fact, about 7.5 million Americans are actually taxed into poverty largely because they are ineligible for the EITC or the EITC is too small. We can change that by raising our voices together – learn more and take action.