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Financial Capabilities

 Financial Capabilities

Hopelink’s Financial Capability Program is here to help provide reliable financial resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Filing Taxes

ALERT: The deadline to file 2020 tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. Due to COVID-19, many free tax preparation sites are only serving clients virtually. We will continue to update information as we receive it so please check back frequently.

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, many taxpayers will not be required to pay taxes on up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits received in 2020. If you received unemployment benefits in 2020 and have already filed your tax return, please go to the IRS website for guidance before making any adjustments to tax returns.

Need Help Filing?

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Locate an open site near you using the VITA and TCE locator tool, download the IRS2Go app, or call 800-906-9887.

AARP Tax-Aide locations can be found by using the AARP Tax-Aide Locator.

United Way of King County is providing virtual tax prep assistance this year with options for self-filing as well as online support. Go to Tax Help at UWKC for more information.

Filing Yourself?

Internal Revenue Service

King County Libraries Curbside to Go services will have tax forms that patrons can request to pick up using the MyLibro app or waiting outside as a 'walk-up'. Call your library location BEFORE you plan to visit for more details about what forms and schedules are available and when. More at KCLS website.

Financial Coaching

Connect with our financial coach for help prioritizing bills and protecting your finances during this uncertain time. Phone or video calls are available. Email FinancialCoaching@hopelink.org or call 425-250-3003.

Financial Education

Hopelink and King County Library System have partnered to provide free online Financial Education classes through KCLS’s Invest in Yourself program.

Upcoming classes for Spring 2021:

Credit Series Part 1: Getting Started with Credit
Learn how to safely pull and read your credit report.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Register

Credit Series Part 2: Understanding Credit and Credit Scores
Learn about credit scores and what impacts your credit score.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Register

Credit Series Part 3: Building and Protecting Your Credit
Explore ways to build and protect your credit in the future.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Register

More free classes are available through the Invest in Yourself program.

Information and Resources

Find up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage your finances during this difficult time.

Getting your Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payment
Protecting your finances during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Protecting your credit during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Student loan information
Coronavirus and dealing with debt
Avoid scams and fraud
Unemployment Assistance
WA State homeowners mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention
CARES Act mortgage forbearance

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