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.

Looking for a New Job in the New Year?

job searchThinking about changing jobs in 2016?  It’s never a bad time to be thinking about your career, and the start of the New Year is the perfect time to set a few career-related goals. With the help of The Seattle Public Library you can commit yourself to achieving several goals now!

Build Your Resume

The Seattle Public Library has two resume building events scheduled and you can participate for free.  During the session titled, “Effective Resume Building in the New Economy“, you will learn how to create a resume that stands out to employers and will receive a free professional resume template.  Click the dates below for more information.

Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Central Library

Date:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Central Library

Prepare for the Job Interview

Brush up on your interview skills with these three free interview workshops offered at The Seattle Public Library too!  During the Effective Interviewing Techniques class, you will get an in-depth analysis of the job interview process and learn how to successfully prepare for any job interview!  Dates and times for these classes are listed below.

Date:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Central Library

Date:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Central Library

Date:  Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Central Library 

Of course, the best way to keep up with changes in our new economy is to READ! The Seattle Public Library offers a variety of industry specific magazines, books, and other resources for free to patrons.  Schedule a trip to the library, or locate resources online at: .