Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tax Forms and Assistance

photo of tax forms and calculator
As a service to the community, the Birmingham Public Library provides copies of current Federal and Alabama tax forms, instructions, and publications. Basic forms are available at most library locations; a more extensive collection of forms is available in the Government Documents Department in the Linn-Henley Research Library. Please contact your library to ensure that any forms you need are available.

Check back for updated information in the coming months.

Tax forms and instructions may also be downloaded from the Internet.

Federal Forms
IRS forms and publications
Request IRS forms by mail

State Forms
Alabama Department of Revenue

General Resources
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - This governmental site has United States federal income tax forms, information, and tips. Includes warnings about tax frauds and scams, information about filling online, and the ability to track the status of your refund.

Yahoo! Finance: Tax Center - Tax forms, estimators, calculators, preparation, guides, tips, terms, calendars, rates, rules, news, and state tax profiles. Includes a basic "Beginner's Guide" for those new to preparing U.S. taxes.

Free File Home: Your Link to Free Online Filing - This IRS site is about Free File, an "online tax preparation and electronic filing through a partnership agreement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. In other words, you can e-file... free." This site explains eligibility requirements for this free service, steps to get started, and a list of related FAQs.

Free Tax Return Preparation For You by Volunteers - Information about the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program, which "offer free tax help if you qualify. ... In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, many sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing)."

Tax Preparation Assistance
AARP Tax Preparation Assistance (Alabama) - Taxpayers must make an appointment with the library; no walk-ins will be assisted. Appointments will be taken starting January 16. All relevant information must be brought to the appointment, including a copy of last year's return, bank information, state-issued ID, etc. Assistance is for 2012 returns only; returns will be filed electronically.

Avondale Regional Library
509 40th St. S.
Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 226-4000
AARP assistance February 6-April 13
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Call the library well in advance for an appointment.
Library is closed April 6 for Good Friday.


Impact Alabama (IA) - IA provides free tax preparation services for households earning less than $50,000 a year with one or more children or $20,000 year without children. You must call 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-998-2925) for an appointment; no walk-ins will be assisted. IA is sponsored by SaveFirst.

Smithfield Branch Library
1 8th Ave W
Birmingham, AL 35204
(205) 324-8428
January 16-March 3
Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

March 5-April 16
Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

West End Branch Library
1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW
Birmingham, AL 35211
(205) 226-4089
January 18-March 3
Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch Library
5709 1st Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35212
(205) 595-2001
January 19-March 3
Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Association for the Improvement of Minorities/Internal Revenue Service/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (AIM/IRS/VITA) - Provides free tax preparation with no appointment necessary. Other Jefferson County VITA sites.

Five Points West Regional Branch Library
4812 Avenue W
Birmingham, AL 35208
(205) 226-4013
Five Points West Conference Room
January 14-April 15
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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