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Snohomish County residents get almost $4 million in refunds through United Way; Free tax prep available through April 15

(Everett, WA) - Working evenings and mornings, over 100 volunteers have filed 1,874 tax returns in Snohomish County on behalf of working individuals and families. The service is free and is one of the ways in which United Way is helping people reach and maintain financial stability.

Six weeks into the program, the tax preparers, working out of numerous tax sites throughout the county, have helped residents get back $3,942,240 in refunds including $1,381,798 through the Earned Income Tax Credit saving taxpayers more than $340,000 in preparation fees. The average income for those making use of the program is a little higher than $24,000 a year.

United Way's Free Tax Preparation Centers in Snohomish County are located in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Monroe. The tax sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers. At each site, volunteers are able to help people in English and Spanish.

Individuals who want to file their taxes themselves can use a free website set up by United Way for Snohomish County residents. The address is http://t.uwsc.org/myfreetaxes_snoco

Since 2006, United Way volunteers have prepared 12,025 tax returns worth more than $20 million in refunds for Snohomish County families. Almost a third of that total, $6.39 million, can be attributed to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which the IRS estimates lifts more than 6.6 million Americans above the poverty line each year.

This year's sponsors and partners include The Boeing Company, Washington State Department of Commerce, Moss Adams LLP, Goodwill, the Walmart Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

What You Should Bring

Although no appointment is necessary, taxpayers must bring a picture ID; social security card or tax identification number for everyone on the return; W2s or other income statements from all employers; any 1099 forms; the name, address and tax ID number for your child care provider; records of student loan payments; record of payments for educational expenses such as college tuition; mortgage interest and property tax statements; a bank account number to receive your refund via direct deposit; last year's tax return - if you have it; and, if you're filing jointly, both spouses are required to be present to file electronically.

Locations and Hours

The six free tax preparation sites will be open between January 21 and April 15 in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Monroe.

Everett

Goodwill's South Everett Job Training and Education Center (228 SW Everett Mall Way, Everett)

Tues ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Thurs ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Sat ., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

North Middle School (2514 Rainier Avenue, Everett)

Tues ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Thurs ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Sat ., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

South Everett Foursquare Church/Children's Village (14 E Casino Road, Suite D, Everett)

Tues ., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. .; Wed ., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m .; Thurs ., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m .; Fri ., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lynnwood

Cedar Valley Community School (19200 56th Avenue W, Lynnwood)

Tues ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Thurs ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Sat ., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Marysville

Goodwill's Marysville Job Training and Education Center (9315 State Avenue, Marysville)

Tues ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Thurs ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Sat ., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monroe

Park Place Middle School (1408 W Main Street, Monroe)

Tues ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Thurs ., 5:30 - 8:30 p.m .; Sat ., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free tax preparation, encouraging people to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds and financial education programs are part of United Way's overall effort to help Snohomish County families achieve and maintain financial stability.

For more information, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals.

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United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 107 programs through 40 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit their website at uwsc.org.

Neil Parekh

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

United Way of Snohomish County

3120 McDougall Ave ., Suite 200

Everett, WA 98201

Ph: 425.374.5501

Fax: 425.374.5555

http://www.uwsc.org

Were you involved in a 2013 United Way campaign at your workplace? Join us at the Community Caring Celebration on Tuesday, March 12.

Mission: United Way leads positive change that transforms our community and improves people's lives in Snohomish County.

GIVE. | ADVOCATE. | VOLUNTEER. | LIVE UNITEDTM

 

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