Tax Assistance Program

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The Oakland Public Library and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are partnering to offer free tax assistance to residents at selected libraries during the 2015 tax season.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between February 2, 2016 and April 18, 2016.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO SENIORS.

Be sure to bring copies of federal and state tax returns for last year, all materials pertaining to your 2015 income and a picture ID.  Come with your spouse if filing jointly. Bring your Social Security card (if you are new to the AARP Tax-Aide program).

Tax Forms

Due to severe budget cuts, the IRS is no longer providing libraries with a large selection of paper tax forms and instructions. If you need tax forms, you can either download them from the IRS website, or visit the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1301 Clay Street in downtown Oakland. The Taxpayer Assistance Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.  

Locations and Times for Tax Assistance

Please call ahead to confirm times.  

Oakland Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room (starts Feb. 3; Closed Feb. 15)

Mondays, 10am - 3pm, Wednesdays, 12 - 4pm, Saturdays, 10am - 3pm. No advance appointments:  arrive early to sign up for a time slot. 125 14th Street, (510) 238-3134. 

César E. Chávez Branch

Thursdays, 10am - 3:30pm. Bilingual Spanish/English. Call for an appointment.  Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information. 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271, (510) 535-5620. 

Dimond Branch (Closed Feb. 16)

Tuesdays, 12:30pm - 4:30pm, Thursdays, 10:30am - 3:30pm. Call for an appointment. 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 482-7844. 

Eastmont Branch (Closed Feb. 12)

Fridays, 12 - 5pm. No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot. 7200 Bancroft Avenue, (510) 615-5726. 

Golden Gate Branch

Wednesdays, 10am - 3:30pm. Call for an appointment. 5606 San Pablo Avenue, (510) 597-5023. 

Upcoming Tax Assistance Opportunities

Date Time Event Name
Friday, April 1st 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, April 2nd 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, April 4th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, April 5th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, April 6th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, April 6th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, April 7th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, April 8th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, April 9th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, April 11th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, April 12th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, April 13th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, April 13th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, April 14th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, April 15th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, April 16th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, April 18th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library