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United Way of Snohomish County opens free tax preparation site in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — Last year, 2,231 Snohomish County working families had their taxes prepared for free at a United Way Tax Preparation Site, saving an estimated $368,000 in tax preparation fees. Approximately 84 percent of them received an average refund of $2,189, for a total of more than $4.1 million, including $1.1 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

It's one of the reasons why Ron Foss of Marysville will be volunteering again to help people prepare their basic tax returns.

"I volunteer because I enjoy helping working families keep more of what they earn," Foss said. "It's a great feeling to know that you've helped people receive these tax refunds knowing that they truly need it, especially when the refund is larger than they expected.”

The tax sites have opened throughout Snohomish County with IRS-certified volunteers like Foss. At some of the sites, at particular times, volunteers will be ready to help people in Tagalog, Mandarin, Khmer, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chichewa and Vietnamese.

This service is available for households earning $50,000 or less.

Over the past four years, United Way volunteers have prepared 6,400 tax returns worth $10.5 million in refunds for Snohomish County working families.

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

Although no appointment is necessary, people should bring a picture ID, social security cards or tax identification numbers for everyone on their returns, W-2s or other income statements from all their employers, any 1099 forms, and the names, addresses and tax ID numbers for their child care providers, as well as records of payments on student loans and for educational expenses such as college tuition. They should also bring their mortgage interest and property tax statements, bank account numbers to receive their refunds via direct deposit, last year's tax returns if possible, and if they're filing jointly, both spouses must be present to file electronically.

Six free tax preparation sites will be open from now through April 14 in Marysville, Everett, Lynnwood and Monroe.

In Marysville, Totem Middle School at 1605 Seventh St. NE will host those services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, log onto www.uwsc.org/freetaxpreparationcampaign.php or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals.

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