Monday, January 11, 2016

Free Tax Prep Assistance at Selected Birmingham Public Library Branches

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Updated 2/8/2016. Check back for updated information in the coming months.

Note: The Government Documents Department/Central Library currently has these federal forms and instruction booklets: 1040, 1040EZ, and 1040A. No other federal instruction booklets or Alabama tax booklets have been received. More tax forms and instruction booklets should be available in the coming weeks. 

As a service to the community, the Birmingham Public Library provides some copies of current federal and Alabama tax forms, instructions, and publications. The following forms/booklets are available at most library locations: Federal - 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms only; State - 40 and 40NR forms and instruction booklets. Please call the library location to make sure that the form(s) you need is available. All other forms and instructions can be found online at

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)."

Impact Alabama will again be providing free tax preparation services during the 2015 tax season for households earning less than $50,000 a year with one or more children or $20,000 a year without children. You must call 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-998-2925) for an appointment; no walk-ins will be assisted. For information on scheduling an appointment and what documents you need to bring with you, visit Services are provided by IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers from local colleges in the cities where Impact Alabama tax sites are located. Impact Alabama is sponsored by SaveFirst.

Participating libraries:

Smithfield Branch Library
January 14-April 15
January 14-16
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

January 18-23
Monday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

January 25-March 5
Mondays & Tuesdays, 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

March 7-April 1
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

April 11–15
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library
January 19-February 27
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exception: Thursday, February 11, 1:30-7:00 p.m.

West End Branch Library
January 22-March 5
Mondays & Fridays, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch Library
January 22-March 5

January 22-29
Thursdays & Fridays, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

February 3-March 5
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 12:00-6:00 p.m..
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

AIM-⁠IRS-⁠Tax Prep (The Association for the Improvement of Minorities in the Internal Revenue Service) was founded in October 1969 because of barriers and impediments placed on minority employees seeking career advancement. AIM-IRS has been responsible for initiating classes to develop the career and educational needs of minorities. AIM-IRS has sponsored classes on how to pass the Federal Entrance Examination and the Pace Test; classes in Tax Research. In 2012 had 47 chapters in 32 states with over 2000 members nationally.

Participating libraries:

Five Points West
January 16-April 9
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Conference room

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