Get Free Tax Preparation Help at Goodwill

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
January 30, 2017

Taxes can be stressful, we can help. Aside from accountants, there’s probably not a lot of people who get excited for tax season. It can be cumbersome, stressful, and downright unpleasant—but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to United Way, tax season doesn’t need to be so taxing.

For the last few years we’ve partnered with United Way and other VITA Tax services to host free tax preparation—and this year is no different! At six of our job training and education centers, we’ll be hosting regular hours during which you can stop by and have your taxes prepared… FOR FREE.

To help you make the most of your time and free tax assistance, here are a few pointers on prepping before you come in:

  1. Bring your identifying documents.
    Bring at least one form of valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and your Social Security Card or taxpayer identification number.
  2. Bring last year’s tax return.
    If you have it, bring it. It can help expedite the process.
  3. Gather and bring your income documents.
    Bring in your W-2s, W-9s, all 1099s, and any other document you have that shows your income sources for the year.
  4. Gather and bring your expense documents.
    This can include all varieties of 1098 forms pertaining to mortgages, student loans, tuition, and certain charitable contributions. It also includes medical expenses, medical insurance forms (1095s), moving, childcare, and business expenses—and more. You can see a more expansive and specific list here.
  5. Plan to take some time.
    While our staff and volunteers work hard to keep the line moving, free tax assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. This means you may have to wait in line for a little while. We recommend showing up as early as you can during one of the available time blocks (listed below).
  6. Take a deep breath.
    We know taxes can be stressful, and that’s why we partner with United Way to offer free tax assistance at six different sites throughout our region. Have questions? United Way has some resources on their site: and if you have location-specific question, click the link for your preferred location below to find contact info on that specific job training and education center.

From now through April 20, 2017, you can bring all of your paperwork and tax information to any of the locations below for free tax help:

January 10 - April 20
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun., 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Everett South
January 10 - April 6
Tues. - Thu., 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 10 - April 16
Tues. & Thu., 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mount Vernon 
January 31 - April 14
Tues. - Thu., 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

January 9 - April 19
Mon. & Wed., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

January 9 - April 19
Mon. & Wed., 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., 10:00am - 2:00 pm


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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