2017 Whatcom County Free IRS Certified Tax Preparation Sites

2017 Printable Tax Flyers

2017 Tax Checklist and Site Location




With the help of an IRS-certified volunteer preparer, you can have your tax return prepared and filed for FREE! Sites in Whatcom County are operated through AARP Tax Aide, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and FSA (Free Self-Assisted).  Scroll down to find the site closest to you or click on the links above to download informational income tax brochures.

View Whatcom Free Tax Prep Sites on a map


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2017 Whatcom County

Free IRS Certified Tax Preparation Sites:


AARP Tax-Aide Sites

Provide free basic and limited complex income tax return preparation with electronic filing to all individuals including past year return

Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

Dates: Jan. 23 through April 18

Mondays – Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm – Closed Mon Feb. 20

Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No Appointment Needed

Spanish translation will be available on certain days – TBD

Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St.

Dates: Feb 1 – April 14

Wednesday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Fridays 9:00am – 3:00pm

Appointment only, Call 360-733-4030, then 2, then 2

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites

Provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to households making less than $53,000/year.

Western Washington University, Parks Hall, Room 336

Dates: Feb. 6 through April 17 – Closed Mon Feb. 20 and March 18 – 27

Monday – Wednesday 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Walk-in only

Free Parking in WWU’s “C” lots after 4:30pm on weekdays

Whatcom Community College, 237 West Kellogg Rd – Heiner Library Classroom #201B

Dates: Feb. 13 through April 17 – Closed Mon Feb 20 and March 25 – April 3

Mondays 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm

Walk-in only 

Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) Sites

Provide free, easy to use online software for households making less than $64,000/year, who would like to prepare their own taxes at any computer with Internet access. To access filing software go to www.myfreetaxes.com. Assistance is available at the Opportunity Council & East Whatcom Regional Resource Center FSA sites.

Opportunity Council – Bellingham

1111 Cornwall Avenue, Conference Room

Dates: Jan. 20 through April 18

*Closed Mon Feb. 20

Appointment required, call 360-734-5121 x253

Opportunity Council – Maple Falls (East Whatcom Regional Resource Center)

8251 Kendall Road

Dates: Tuesday Feb. 21 – 4pm-7pm

Saturday March 11 and April 8 – 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Walk in or Appointment, call 360-734-5121 x253

You can also visit MyFreeTaxes.com to file your taxes online. The free online tool will walk you through everything you need to do to file your federal return.


Make sure to bring the items on this checklist when visiting a local free tax prep site:

2017 Tax Checklist and Location