It’s Tax Time! Free Tax Help Available.

free-tax-help1The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County, and the AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service January through mid-April at The Seattle Public Library. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns.  For a full list of locations click HERE.

Both the Ballard Branch & Greenwood Branch will be hosting tax assistance, provided by the AARP. Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not required.

Ballard Branch:  Feb. 1 through March 31

  • 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday

Greenwood Branch: Feb. 2 through April 19

  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday

Required Documents

To receive tax help, bring the following documents:

  • Photo identification (required)
  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return
  • Tax form SSA 1099 (Social Security benefits)
  • Medicare card (if Social Security number is followed by an “A”)
  • Official documents on Social Security Administration letterhead
  • Last year’s tax return, if available
  • All tax-related documents, such as W-2s and 1099s. Be prepared to provide information about health care coverage for each person on the return.

Photocopies or computer print-outs of any of these documents will not be accepted.

Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. To ask the IRS to mail you forms, order online at or call 1-800-829-3676.

For more information, Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.

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