Filing taxes is less stressful with help from a knowledgeable source. From February through mid-April, AARP Tax-Aide and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers will provide free one-on-one tax consultations at four Pierce County Library System locations.
Access to tax specialists can help ease the confusion and stress of preparing tax forms. Offering this assistance in Pierce County Library aligns with the Library System’s commitment to help manage people’s stress and help them navigate the real world.
IRS-certified volunteers will help prepare and e-file personal tax returns. VITA sites serve households with an annual income up to $54,000. The AARP tax volunteers will help anyone regardless of their annual income. Most locations will offer help on a first-come, first served basis. Taxpayers are encouraged to arrive early, allow plenty of time, and bring all necessary paperwork, which generally includes W-2 document, photo identification for primary taxpayers and proof of Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letters for primary taxpayer and all dependents.
Tax help dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 26; March 19; April 9, 3-6 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 1-4 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E., Tacoma
In addition to in person tax help, with a Pierce County Library card, people may use a computer in any Pierce County Library to prepare and file federal income tax returns online for free. To reserve a computer, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/reserve-computer.htm. People may also bring their own computer, tablet or other computer devices to a library and file online by accessing the Library System’s free Wi-Fi.
Tax forms are also available at Pierce County Library locations. Some free tax forms and instructions are available in the libraries from early February through April 15, while supplies last. Taxpayers may print additional forms and instructions from the IRS website at any library for 10 cents per page.
Find out more about local tax help at www.piercecountylibrary.org/community-resources/tax.htm.