News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Free Tax Prep Available at Phinney Neighborhood Center

March 19th, 2015 by Cara

From our sister site Phinneywood:

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)

You must bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.

It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.

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1 Month Until Tax Day

March 15th, 2015 by Cara

Taxes are due on April 15th, one month from today. The tax services and software advertisements are in full swing but there are also free resources to help complete your taxes including those provided by United Way of King County and AARP at Seattle Public Library locations.

Ongoing IRS budget cuts have resulted in harder to acquire forms, booklets, and assistance. A delay in refunds is also anticipated. Seattle’s KUOW covered the impact on IRS budget cuts, especially for low income and elderly tax payers today on the Morning Edition. Find the full story here.

Read more about the SPL program including locations and times in our previous post “Trouble With Taxes? The Seattle Public Library Can Help!”

Know of other free tax resources? Let us know at so we can share as Tax Day approaches.

Image from Financial Bondage

Image from Financial Bondage

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Trouble with taxes? The Seattle Public Library can help!

February 15th, 2014 by Cara

2 Months until taxes are due!

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are trying to ease the pain of tax season with FREE tax assistance at 10 Seattle Public Library locations. At each of these locations trained volunteers will be able to help answer your tax questions and complete personal (no business tax returns) tax returns. Most of these appointments are available only on a Drop-In basis.

The SPL highly recommends checking the Tax Help Calendar before visiting a location.

While the Fremont branch is not one of the locations hosting tax assistance here are the branches closest to Fremont that are:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Monday, Feb. 3 through Monday, April 14 – drop-ins only

  • 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays

Queen Anne Branch, 400 West Garfield St., 206-386-4227

Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, April 9

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays – drop-ins only
For a full list of branches please visit the Tax Help Calendar.

Also, if you forget to bring your forms you can make photocopies for $0.15 at all locations. For additional tax information visit the IRS website. Thanks for the help SPL, United Way of King County, and AARP!

This came up when we Googled "Happy Tax Day." Thanks to the Silicon Beat for the cheer!

This came up when we Googled “Happy Tax Day.” Thanks to the Silicon Beat for the cheer!

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Taxes-Schmaxes Talk Coming To Fremont

February 9th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Tax season will be here before you know it. If don’t know your W-2 from WD40, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the perfect event for you

Please join us for breakfast at the Red Door Alehouse. Our speaker will be our own Marko Tubic, Edward Jone Investment giving a presentation geared to give you a better “Understanding of Taxes”. This discussion will include Historical Perspective, Present Day Real Estate and Possible Recession, Focus on What you Can Control, Importance of Maintaining a Longterm Investment Strategy, and Discussion on Retirement Plans for Business.

The chat takes place at The Red Door on Wednesday, February 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. It costs $15 to attend and that includes breakfast.

Check out this site for more information and to register.

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Free Tax Help At The Library Starts Thursday

January 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

This post originally appeared at our sister site My Ballard.

Although tax day is still months away, you can get help with your returns now. The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are offering free tax preparation services at eleven Seattle library branches. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. Business tax returns are not eligible for the free service.

The Fremont branch is not of the eleven but help will be available at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) each Thursday starting February 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tax help will continue every Monday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through April 14th. Drop-ins are welcome, or you can call the branch for an appointment (206-684-4089)

For a complete list of times and library branch locations, click here.

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