Free Tax Preparation
Do you have low to moderate income? If so you may be able to get free help filing your taxes with the help of two free programs, VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax-Aide. These programs have trained volunteers which can assist in completing and filing your basic tax return, including claiming the EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit if you are eligible. Use the IRS Free Tax Preparation Locator and the AARP Tax-Aide Locator or call at 2-1-1 to find your free local tax sites. The IRS will begin accepting and filing tax forms January 23rd, 2017. Tax returns are due April 18th 2017.
Filing Taxes Online?
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Would you rather have your taxes filed in-person by trained volunteers? Call 2-1-1 and we can help you find free local tax preparation sites in your area.
New Evictions Reporting & Tenant Screening Law
Beginning June 9, 2016, a new law goes into effect in Washington state that will require landlords to inform tenants whether they will accept a screening report provided by the tenant. Additionally, the law also allows people to get a court order to not give eviction records to tenant screening companies, if the eviction was actually decided in their favor.
Apply for Health Insurance
Need to sign up for health insurance? Washington residents are now able to use the website http://wahealthplanfinder.org/ to compare and enroll in health insurance programs. This site can help you shop for health insurance anonymously, find out if you are eligible for financial help, compare plans side-by-side, and select a plan for coverage.
A statewide Toll-Free Customer Support Center is open to start answering questions about health coverage options and explain the enrollment process. The call center is open M-F, 8am-5pm and can be reached by dialing 1-855-WAFINDER (923-4633). To learn more or register visit: http://wahealthplanfinder.org/
Apply for Benefits Online
Washington Connection is free and secure website to find out what services to which you may qualify. Applications can be completed online in about 1 hour and can be used to access federal, state, tribal, and local resources. Programs you may qualify for include cash, food, medical assistance, child care subsidy, home, community, residential, and long-term care, and drug/alcohol treatment. To learn more or see if you qualify for assistance visit: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/