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Tax credits can put money in your pocket

Post Date:01/17/2018 9:08 am

Did you know that many families are eligible for valuable tax credits every year? To get these credits, you must file a tax return (even if you do not owe any income tax). When you file your taxes make sure you ask about these credits:

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for 2017

The Earned Income Tax Credit is designed to boost the wages of eligible families. This refundable credit is worth up to $6,444 and is available to married couples with earned income up to $54,998, depending on number of qualifying children and to single filers with earned income up to $49,298, depending on number of qualifying children. The average refund in Washington State for tax year 2016 was $2,177.

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit 

This Federal tax credit is for families that pay for the care of a child or a disabled adult while they are working or looking for work. The credit is worth up to $3,000 for qualifying individuals or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals. 

Child Tax Credit 

This federal tax credit is for families raising children, is worth up to $1,000 per qualifying child, and may be refundable for families earning more than $3,000. 
Free tax preparation services

Free tax preparation 

If you earned less than $66,000 in 2017, you can save even more money by using United Way of King County’s free tax preparation services. Below is a list of locations in Shoreline. For a list of all tax sites in King County and or to find sites serving non-English speakers, call 211 or go to 

Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th Street
Thursdays 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

14500 15th Avenue NE
Mondays 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

17837 Aurora Avenue N
Mondays 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue N
PUB (9000) Bldg
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Schedule an appointment for this location: (206) 365-1536.  Walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.

What to Bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters and birthdates for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements (W-2 forms, 1099 forms, SSA-1099 forms, etc.)
  • Health insurance forms 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C

Note: If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.

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