Monday, February 06, 2012

Free Tax Help at the Library

APL should be your first stop for income tax assistance and resources this tax season.

On select days from Feb. 4 through April 14, the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue will offer free federal income tax preparation for people with an annual household income limit of $50,000. The income tax preparation services are provided by APL's partners-volunteers from the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the AARP Tax-Aide program. For more information about the free tax services available at the Main Library, call the Reference Department at 427-4303.

Last year, APL's tax program filed more than 1,200 returns for local residents resulting in over $1.6 million in federal refunds back to the community.

Here is the schedule of free income tax assistance programs available at the Main Library:

Walk-In Tax Assistance
Saturdays from Feb. 4 through April 14
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Assistance is on a walk-in basis only. No appointments or reservations will be taken.

Appointment-Based Tax Assistance
Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through April 11
Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the Reference Desk at 427-4303 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to the tax preparation services available at the Main Library, most Albany Public Library locations stock basic federal and New York State income tax forms for individual tax filers. Librarians are helpful in connecting people to information that will help answer their tax questions. And, the library's website has a special section dedicated to tax information.

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