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Tax Help

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service January through mid-April at 15 locations of The Seattle Public Library.


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


Tax assistance will be available at the times and locations listed below. Drop-in assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not required unless noted below.


Required Documents

To receive tax help, bring the following documents:

  • Photo identification (required)
  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return
  • Tax form SSA 1099 (Social Security benefits)
  • Medicare card (if Social Security number is followed by an "A")
  • Official documents on Social Security Administration letterhead
  • Last year's tax return, if available
  • All tax-related documents, such as W-2s and 1099s. Be prepared to provide information about health care coverage for each person on the return.


Photocopies or computer print-outs of any of these documents will not be accepted.


Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at in a new window You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. To ask the IRS to mail you forms, order online at in a new window or call 1-800-829-3676.


For more information, Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.


Dates and times

The schedule listed below is for reference only. For the most up-to-date information, please see the calendar.


Central Library

Jan. 13 through April 18

  • Noon - 7 p.m. Monday -  Thursday
  • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 

Provided by United Way of King County. No reservations or appointments are necessary.



The following locations' tax help sessions are all provided by AARP. No reservations or appointments are necessary unless otherwise noted:


Ballard Branch

Feb. 2 through April 13

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


Broadview Branch

Feb. 6 through April 11

  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday 


Delridge Branch - appointment required

Feb. 9 through April 13

  • 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday
    Call the branch at 206-733-9125 to schedule an appointment


Douglass-Truth Branch

Feb. 5 through April 9

  • 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday 


Greenwood Branch

Feb. 3 through April 14

  • 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday


Lake City Branch

Feb. 2 through April 13

  • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday


Northeast Branch

Feb. 5 through April 10

  • 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday

March 21 through April 11

  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday


Northgate Branch

Feb. 3 through April 14

  • 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday
  • 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday


Queen Anne Branch

Feb. 4 through April 15

  • Noon - 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday


Rainier Beach  Branch

Feb. 7 through April 11

  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday


Southwest Branch  - appointments preferred

Feb. 7 through April 11

  • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday
    Call the branch at 206-684-7455 to schedule an appointment

Drop-off Tax Help

Branch drop-off locations will allow taxpayers to have their paperwork scanned by IRS-certified staff and volunteers and not wait until the return is fully processed. Instead, the return is prepared remotely and completed tax returns can be picked up within a week. The following locations' tax help sessions are all provided by United Way of King County. No reservations or appointments are necessary:


High Point Branch

Jan. 25 through March 29

  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday


University Branch

Jan. 22 through March 28

  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday 
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