Free tax help continues

MARYSVILLE — United Way of Snohomish County’s free tax preparation at Goodwill’s Marysville Job Training and Education Center will remain available through Tuesday, April 15.

MARYSVILLE — United Way of Snohomish County’s free tax preparation at Goodwill’s Marysville Job Training and Education Center will remain available through Tuesday, April 15.

Volunteer tax preparers are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and have helped more than 291 North County households file their taxes this year. The free service is one of the ways in which United Way is helping people reach and maintain financial stability.

Three quarters of the way into the 2014 tax season, volunteers working out of Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Center had already helped residents get back $579,275 in refunds, including $175,517 through the Earned Income Tax Credit. The average household income for those making use of these services in Marysville is a little more than $25,000 a year. Collectively, they have saved an estimated $52,800 in preparation fees.

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

This free service is available for households earning $52,000 or less.

Although no appointment is necessary, taxpayers must bring a picture ID, a Social Security card or tax identification number for everyone on the return, W2s or other income statements from all employers, any 1099 forms, records of student loan payments, records 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 the name, address and tax ID number for your child care provider. If you’re filing jointly, both spouses are required to be present to file electronically.

Goodwill’s Marysville Job Training and Education Center is located at 9315 State Ave. in Marysville.

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

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