Tax Assistance Available at Local Libraries

February 24, 2015 7:10am

Insert the heavy sigh – it’s time to start thinking about taxes.

Luckily, the Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service now through mid-April at 15 locations of The Seattle Public Library. While Green Lake is not one of the locations, several are close by – including Ballard and Greenwood branches.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. (The service is not available for business tax returns.)

See the list of documents required to receive tax help at

Three types of tax help will be offered, one type of help per Library location:

Drop-in assistance – offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointment-based assistance – tax preparation by pre-arranged appointment.

Drop-off assistance – a new service for 2015. Drop off required tax documents, and then pick up a completed tax return within a week.

For more info, check out the library calendar before visiting a location to see what kind of assistance they offer. Reservations are only necessary for appointment-based assistance; drop-in and drop-off assistance require no reservations.