It’s tax season & free tax preparation is available at the Queen Anne Library

It’s that time of year, tax documents are starting to arrive and April 15th will be here sooner than you know it!

If you need tax help or full-on tax preparation, the Seattle Public Library has partnered with United Way of King County and AARP to offer free tax preparation services from now through mid-April at SPL branches, including our own Queen Anne Library.

Trained volunteers will be at the Queen Anne Library every Wednesday and Saturday from noon-4pm to answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. Note: he service is not available for business tax returns.

Appointments are not required, assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s what you need to bring to the library:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return (photocopies are not accepted)
  • Government issued photo ID (required)
  • Income tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, SSA-1099s, etc.
  • Health care coverage information for each person on the return
  • Health coverage forms, if applicable (1095-A,B,C)
  • Tuition statements, if applicable (1098s)
  • Check with bank account and routing numbers, for direct deposit of refund, if applicable
  • Copy of your last tax return is recommended

Note: due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. You can find most IRS forms online at

Get free tax help this season at the Queen Anne Library

This year, the IRS is short-staffed and that means the upcoming tax season could be a little more daunting for some taxpayers. According to Forbes, IRS budget cuts will mean refund delays, correspondence delays, fewer resolutions, and unanswered calls.

But, don’t fret just yet. AARP is offering free tax-preparation at libraries across Seattle, including our own Queen Anne Library branch. The AARP Tax-Aide is free and open to all taxpayers.

QALibraryThe AARP’s tax-certified volunteers on hand at the sessions can answer 2014 filing questions, including changes based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and help prepare your tax returns.

The Queen Anne Library tax-prep sessions begin Wednesday, February 4th and run through April. Sessions will run from noon-5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No appointments, walk-ins only (and welcome).

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To better understand what residents want and how to prioritize the needs of the public against available funds, the Washington State Transportation Commission has launched a statewide survey seeking your opinion. You can sign up to take the survey online, and help guide future investments in our transportation system.

Typical questions include how much (if any) you feel is fair to pay per month in increases for transportation taxes and fees, transportation categories you think the state should invest in (e.g. new lanes, increasing bridge capacity, increasing transit service, bike and sidewalk improvements), and how investment increases should be funded (e.g. gas tax, vehicle excise tax, vehicle license fees, hybrid vehicle fees).

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Don’t forget to pay your property taxes!

King County property owners have until Monday, April 30 to pay the first half of their 2012 property taxes. After April 30, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Tax payments can be made:
•  By mail, if postmarked no later than April 30, 2012. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.

• In person at Treasury Operations, King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, 98104, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On Monday, April 30, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.

•  At King County Community Service Centers, if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting the KCCSS web site.

• Online, using King County’s eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account.

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations through its website at or through customer service at 206-296-0923.

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920.

Free tax help at Queen Anne library starts Feb. 2

As tax time approaches, Seattle Public Libraries is once again getting ready to roll out its tax assistance program. The Seattle Public Library, AARP and United Way are teaming up to offer free tax preparation services at 11 branches around town now through mid-April.

The Queen Anne branch, located at 400 West Garfield Street, will be offering free tax help from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, starting this coming week on on February 2 through April 13. Assistance is offered at a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointments are necessary.
A free, quality, volunteer-run tax assistance, preparation, and e-filing service. The program is operated by the AARP Foundation and the IRS in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library. The service is confidential, there are no membership- or age requirements. Volunteers are IRS-certified. More information
If Wednesday doesn’t work with your schedule, tax services will be offered at the downtown Central Library branch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the Ballard branch Mondays and Thursdays. Find more information on when tax help services will be offered at other Seattle Public Library branches here.

After Tax Day, shred your documents for charity

Queen Anne Rotary will be hosting a Post Tax-Day Shredding Event for charity this Saturday, April 17 at the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, at 2100 Queen Anne Ave N.

For a tax-deduction donation (recommended $10 per banker-box), you can have your documents safely and securely shredded. All proceeds will go to the Queen Anne Helpline, a local non-profit with the mission “To promote personal dignity, self-respect, hope, and an independent quality of life to our neighbors by providing supportive social services to those who need assistance.”

Document collection will begin at noon, shredding will happen from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact James Gram at

Reminder: Get tax help at the QA Library

With tax time just three weeks away, if you’re one of the many who have yet to file your taxes, remember you can get free preparation assistance at eleven Seattle Public Library branches, thanks to SPL, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Trained volunteers will be at the Queen Anne Library, located at 400 W. Garfield St. on Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. through Monday, April 12 to answer questions and help those seeking assistance to prepare their personal tax returns. (Business tax returns are not eligible for the free service).

The Central Library downtown and Ballard branch are also be offering free tax assistance. See a complete list of times and library branch locations here.