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Tax Help

Free Income Tax Preparation

Free federal income tax preparation services by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers begin January 31 at eight locations in Thurston County. Tax-Aide welcomes taxpayers of all ages and income levels, making a special effort to serve taxpayers 50 years or older, and low- and moderate-income households. AARP membership is not required.
Last year, IRS-certified volunteers in Thurston County e-filed 2,500 returns; helping local taxpayers claim $2.5 million in refunds, and file for the Earned Income Tax Credit
and other tax credits.
Taxpayers can visit to learn about site locations and hours, what documents to bring, and limitations on the types of returns Tax-Aide can prepare.
An online appointment can also be made at one of our three appointment sites.
Walk-in tax preparation sites are:
● Lacey Timberland Library – Thursdays and Saturdays
● Virgil S. Clarkson Lacey Senior Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays
● Panorama Chalet Apartments – Wednesdays and Fridays
● Olympia Community Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays
● Tumwater Timberland Library – Mondays and Wednesdays
Appointment sites are:
● McLane Black Lake Fire Department – Monday evenings, schedule an
appointment online or call (360) 670-0286
● Yelm Timberland Library – Tuesdays, visit the Yelm Library Reference Desk
during normal Library hours, schedule online, or call (360) 559-1349
● Rochester Organization of Families – limited Wednesdays, call 360-273-6375 or
schedule online.
Appointment sites accept walk-ins if a slot is available.
Those seeking assistance with their 2019 tax returns must show government issued photo ID (driver’s license) for the taxpayer (and spouse, if married filing jointly) and Social Security cards or ITINs for taxpayers and dependents. Bring all income report forms such as W-2s, interest and dividend, miscellaneous income and all other tax related information as well as your prior year’s tax return.
Volunteers can help with most returns, unless they have complicated factors for which we are not trained. Returns are out of scope for:
 A business with employees, losses, expenses over $25,000, or home office
 Farm income or expenses
 Married Filing Separately, unless living apart all year with no comingled income
 Rental income from land with a structure
 Donated motor vehicle, boat or airplane with a value greater than $500
 K-1 with more than just income, royalties, interest, dividends or capital gain
 Moving expenses
Locations and hours for January 31 through April 15:
Lacey Timberland Library
500 College St. SE, Lacey Thursdays & Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm
McLane Black Lake Fire Department
125 Delphi Rd NW, Olympia Mondays, 4 - 8:30 pm
Panorama Chalet Apartments
1650 Circle Ln SE, Lacey Wednesdays & Fridays, 12 - 4 pm
ROOF Community Services
10140 Hwy 12 SW, Rochester Every other Wednesday starting
February 5, 2020, 10 am - 2 pm
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12- 4 pm
Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market St.,
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1 - 5 pm
Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center
6757 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 - 4 pm
Yelm Timberland Library
210 Prairie Park St., Yelm Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Extended hours on select Tuesdays and Thursdays