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January 20, 2018

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Library News Release

Release Date: 01/10/2018

Free Tax Assistance Available at The Seattle Public Library

figurine of a man on top of a 1040 tax form

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service this January through mid-April at 12 locations throughout Seattle.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns. See the list of required documents you'll need to bring to get tax help at


Two types of tax help will be offered:


  • Drop-in assistance - available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary.


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



The schedule below is subject to change. Please see the calendar before visiting a location. No tax help on Monday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Feb. 19.



Drop-in Tax Help

Offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations or appointments are accepted at these locations.


Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 5, Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, 206-386-4636.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, April 20

  • Noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday


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

Thursday, Feb. 1 through Monday, April 16

  • 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
  • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday


Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.

Friday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, April 14

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday


Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 206-733-9125.

Monday, Feb. 5 through Monday, April 9

  • 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 (only Wednesday date)


Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, April 18

  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday


Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 through Tuesday, April 17

  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday


Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

Friday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, April 14

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday


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

Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 14

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday


University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063.

Thursday, Jan. 11 through Thursday, April 19

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday


Wallingford Branch at Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St., 206-694-6700 (non-library location).

Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Tuesday, April 17

  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday



Appointment-based Tax Help

Tax preparation by pre-arranged appointment. Visit or call the branch to schedule an appointment. Drop-in tax help at these locations is offered only as available.


NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905.

Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 7

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Although the NewHolly Branch does not open until 11 a.m. on Saturdays, the meeting room door will be open early for tax help.


Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S., 206-684-7455.

Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 14

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday



Due to federal budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at Black and white prints of the forms may be printed from Library computers for $.15 per page. To request forms by mail, order online at or call 1-800-829-3676.


Tax help at the Central Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, University Branch and Wallingford Branch at Solid Ground is provided by United Way of King County. Tax help at the other Library branches is provided by AARP.


For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636, visit, or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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