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Forms & Information

A limited quantity of the most popular tax forms may be available at some library locations. Branches may not offer this service because of space limitations or because the forms have not been made available by the IRS or NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. Please call your local branch to check availability. 

Tax forms and information from federal and state agencies can be obtained online. Printouts of forms/instructions can be made by patrons on library computers. Charges for printing apply. A copy card may be required to pay for printing. Choose one of the following options and follow the instructions at each site to download forms:

Federal forms
New York City and State forms
New Jersey forms
Connecticut forms

Other Sources for Forms & Information

NYC & NY State

Tax forms by mail: 518-457-5431
Tax information: 518-457-5181

Federal

Tax forms by mail: 800-829-3676
Tax information: 800-829-1040, 800-829-4059 (TDD), 800-829-4477 (TeleTax)
Tax form pick-up locations: 212-436-1000
IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service:  212-436-1011

Assistance at the Library

It’s tax time. Go get your refund! You can prepare and file your tax return electronically at The New York Public Library with help from a tax assistant—all for free. To participate in this program, you must:

  • Earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
  • Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
  • Bring all necessary documents and information (review the relevant PDF below see what information you will need to bring with you to file your taxes)

Tax assistance is available January 25 through April 18 at the following locations:

Bronx PDF icon [PDF]

Be sure to review the PDF above to see what information you will need to bring with you to file your taxes.
Bronx Library Center | Sat 10 AM–7 PM
Castle Hill Library | Mon 4 PM–6 PM, Tues & Thurs 10 AM–1 PM, Fri 2 PM–4 PM
Parkchester Library | Mon & Thurs 9 AM–11 AM
Wakefield Library | Thurs & Fri 2 PM–4 PM

Manhattan PDF icon [PDF]

Be sure to review the PDF above to see what information you will need to bring with you to file your taxes.
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) | Mon 10 AM–3 PM, Thurs 1 PM–6 PM, Fri & Sat 1 PM–5 PM
Chatham Square Library | Mon 10 AM–12 PM, Tues 12 PM–2 PM, Thurs 5 PM–7 PM
Countee Cullen Library | Mon, Fri & Sat 10 AM–12 PM, Tues & Thurs 1 PM–7 PM
Inwood Library | Wed, Fri & Sat 10 AM–1 PM

Staten Island PDF icon [PDF]

Be sure to review the PDF above to see what information you will need to bring with you to file your taxes.
St. George Library Center | Mon, Tues & Wed 2 PM–6 PM (No Monday hours in January)

Visit nyc.gov/taxprep or call 311 to find other assistance programs that might meet your needs.

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) provides access to CCH Omnitax Library, which includes all the information from more than a dozen of its well-known tax resources. Foremost are the Standard Federal Tax Reporter, the Estate and Gift Tax Reporter, the Internal Revenue Manual and the New York Tax Reporter. But the library also includes the Tax Cases, including memoranda, revenue rulings, Treasury decisions, comprehensive presentations of the tax treaties and a range of the IRS Publications. There are also several current awareness news sources and tax guides.

Preparation from AARP Tax-Aide PDF icon [PDF]

Be sure to review the PDF above to see what information you will need to bring with you to file your taxes.

AARP volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, will prepare both federal and state returns for people of all ages within the limits of their skill and training. Virtually all tax returns will be prepared using computers and will be filed online. Plan to stay a while—tax filers must stay through the entire preparation process.

This free program is for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention for those age 50 and older. Tax filers will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Service cannot be guaranteed on any given day.

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) | Tues & Wed, Feb 1–Apr 18, 10 AM–2PM
Schedule of AARP Tax-Aide availability at other NYPL locations

Taxes & Accessibility

Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from irs.gov for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Accessible Forms and Publications.

The IRS also offers customer service assistance for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059, which is a toll-free number, for assistance.

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of a physical disability may get assistance from an IRS office, or through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by IRS. Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 800-906-9887.

Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at irs.gov.

To learn more, visit irs.gov and click on the word "accessibility."

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