Free Tax Prep Assistance and Forms at Birmingham Public Library

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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 2018 forms/booklets are currently available at  the Central Library: federal – 1040; state – 40 and 40NR Alabama tax booklets. You can pick up a form or booklet at the Information Desk in the East Building and in the Government Documents and Southern History Departments in the Linn-Henley Research Library. Some BPL branches may also have forms. Please call the department or Birmingham Public Library branch to make sure that the form(s) you need is available. All forms and instructions can be found online at

Federal Forms
IRS forms and publications

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.

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).

Free Tax Prep Assistance at the Birmingham Public Library

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering free individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers—especially those 50 and older. Starting February 1, call 205-226-4000 to make an appointment; no walk-ins will be assisted. Important documents to take with you.

You don't have to be an AARP member, and there's no age requirement to get tax help from IRS-certified volunteers.

Avondale Library February 6–April 12, 2019
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m.; 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Impact America provides free tax preparation services for households earning up to $55,000* with one or more children in the home, or $20,000 without children in the home. You must call 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-998-2925) for an appointment; no walk-ins will be assisted.

Services are provided by IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers from local colleges in the cities where their tax sites are located. Impact Alabama is sponsored by SaveFirst. Schedule an appointment and find out what important documents to take with you.

Smithfield Branch Library
January 22–April 15, 2019
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; 2:00–5:00 p.m. 

March and April
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 1, no appointments taken
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library 
January 22-March 9, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2:00–8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 24, 
2:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19, 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, no appointments taken

West End Branch Library
January 25-March 2, 2019
Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; 2:00–6:00 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch Library
January 23-⁠March 8, 2019
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

*Some promotional materials may show $54,000 as the income cutoff line. The current income cutoff line is $55,000, but it is a general requirement and may mean that you qualify for the free service if your income is in that range. Call 
1-888-998-2925 for more information.


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