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Free tax help at the Ballard library starting Monday

Posted by Geeky Swedes on January 29th, 2010

You still have a couple of months left but tax time is quickly creeping up around the corner. For those who need help filing their taxes, 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.

Help will be available at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) starting Monday, Feb. 1 through Thursday, Apr. 15 on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

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9 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Farmer Ted // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I thought liberals liked paying taxes, why would they want advice to lower their taxes?

  • 2 plasticbags // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    These are really nice services but please be aware that ANYONE can be a tax preparer. Keep in mind that when you sign the return it becomes your responsibility so if anything looks off don't hesitate to ask or even get a second opinion before you mail it off. Check the IRS website or call them if you are unsure.

  • 3 alonzo neighbor // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hmm.. Was there something about liberals in there that I missed? I didn't see where they are offering help in lowering our taxes, just help in filing them.

  • 4 Farmer Ted // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Oh good, so you won't be taking all your deductions?

  • 5 klm // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I agree that tax return becomes your responsiblity once it's signed. But would like to add that the volunteers who prepare taxes in this program have all had training and passed an IRS test. making them VITA preparers.

  • 6 Farmer Ted // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    So for all the folks in Seattle who love paying taxes, want higher taxes for all kinds of loony toons social programs, how do you handle your tax guilt? Do you feel guilty taking all the deductions you can? Are you troubled by occasionally fudging your figures, not reporting tips and cash gifts?

  • 7 alonzo neighbor // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Farmer Ted – you must be in an alternate reality. Your posts don't relate to this article.

  • 8 plasticbags // Jan 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    That is good but I've seen CPAs do returns wrong. Perhaps I should have noted that the vast majority of the time these guys will do a great job. I'm not trying to steer anyone away from it, this is a great resource. Just reminding folks to look it over before you sign.

  • 9 Aunt Elsie // Aug 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    To my dirty uncle ted: Just because we're willing to be taxed to help fund a civil society doesn't mean we want to pay more than we are legally required to. See you and your bloated family later at the Mariners game in our tax-funded stadium.

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