In 2023 we are offering in-person Tax Help at eight locations in partnership with United Way of King County and AARP. Both United Way and AARP also offer free virtual Tax Help.
Most IRS forms, instructions and publications are available online at www.irs.gov.
Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. To ask the IRS to mail you forms and instructions, order online at www.IRS.gov/orderforms or call 1-800-829-3676.
You may make free black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers: www.spl.org/Print
Free In-person Tax Help at the Central Library and South Park Branch
We are collaborating with United Way of King County to offer free tax preparation service January 23 through April 18 at the Central Library and South Park Branch.
Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. This service is free and available to individuals only. The service is not available for business tax returns.
United Way Tax Help locations serve anyone who earned less than $80,000 in 2022. For eligibility details, contact United Way at 1-800-621-4636.
Drop-in tax help is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Central Library: January 23 through April 18
- Mondays - Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays - Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
South Park Branch: January 30 through April 17
- Mondays: 4 – 7:15 p.m.
Free In-person Tax Help at Branch Libraries
We are collaborating with AARP to offer free tax preparation service from February 1 through April 18 at the following branches:
|Ballard Branch||Feb. 7 – April 11||Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Drop-in)|
|Broadview Branch||Feb. 1 – April 17||Mondays: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Drop-in)
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Drop-in)
|Greenwood Branch||Feb. 23 – April 13||Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Drop-in)|
|Northeast Branch||Feb. 4 – April 15||Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Appointment preferred; drop-in accepted if space is available)|
|Queen Anne Branch||Feb. 4 – April 15||Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Drop-in)|
|Southwest Branch||Feb. 1 – April 12||Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Appointment preferred; drop-in accepted if space is available)|
What to Bring to Free In-Person Tax Help
- Photo identification
- Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for everyone listed on the tax return
- Proof of income, for example, W2s and 1099s (Social Security benefits)
- Official documents on Social Security Administration letterhead
- Medicare card (if Social Security number is followed by an "A")
- Be prepared to provide information about health care coverage for each person on the return
- Last year's tax return, if available
- Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds
Photocopies or computer print-outs of any these documents will not be accepted.
Other Free In-person Tax Help
United Way of King County and AARP are also offering in-person tax help at many non-library locations throughout King County.
For information on other tax help services in and outside of King County.
Free Online Tax Help
You can get online help with your taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Online Tax Assistance
You can get free help with your taxes on USA.gov
For those who made $73,000 or less, use Free File on the IRS website to file your taxes with no software or accountant fees
MyFreeTaxes.com is a partnership between H&R Block and the United Way to help you complete and file simple tax returns
Military personnel and their families can get help from the Armed Forces Tax Council or MilTax
Need an Extension?
If you need to file after April 18, 2023, you can request an extension from the IRS website.