How It Works

Trained volunteers are available to answer questions and help fill out your personal tax return at several Library locations during tax season. Assistance is available at the Central Library all year.

Simply gather your tax documents and bring them to the branch of your choice for free, drop-in tax help from trained volunteers.

Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Appointments are not required unless noted in the Tax Help schedule below. This service is not available for business tax returns.

The tax preparation service is available through a partnership between the Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the AARP.

Note: Some returns are too complex for tax help volunteers. United Way Tax Help locations serve anyone who earned less than $66,000 in 2019. For eligibility details, contact AARP at 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) or United Way at 800-621-4636.

Documents Needed

Please bring the following required documents for free drop-in tax help:

  • Original Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return
  • Original government-issued photo ID
  • Income tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, SSA-1099s, etc.
  • Health care coverage information for each person on the return

The following documents are required if applicable:

  • Health coverage forms (1095-A,B,C)
  • Tuition statements (1098s)

You may also want to bring:

  • Last year’s tax return, if available
  • A voided check so you can electronically receive any tax refund

More Helpful Information

  • If your Social Security number is followed by an A, your original Medicare card may be used as a substitute for your Social Security card
  • You must bring the originals of government-issued identification: Copies are not accepted forms of identification.
  • Please bring blank IRS forms with you or print them at the library. IRS forms are available online at You may also print the forms from library computers for 15 cents per page. The IRS can also mail you forms if you order them at or by calling 1-800-829-3676.
  • The last client will be taken 30-45 minutes before the end of drop-in hours at each location.

Upcoming Tax Help

View Tax Help Calendar