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 2017 tax season.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between Feb 5, 2018 – April 14, 2018.

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 2017 income, a picture ID and your Social Security card.  Come with your spouse if filing jointly. 

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

The Oakland Public Library will be closed and tax assistance will not be available on the following dates:
Monday, February 12 (Lincoln's Birthday)
Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day)

Oakland Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room, 125 14th Street, 238-3134

  • Mondays, 10am - 3pm
  • Wednesdays, 12 - 4pm
  • Saturdays, 10am - 3pm

No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot

César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271, 535-5620

  • Thursdays, 10am - 2:30pm
  • Fridays, 12 - 3:30pm

Bilingual Spanish/English.  Call for an appointment.  Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.

Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, 482-7844

  • Thursdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm 

Call for an appointment.

Eastmont Branch, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211, 615-5726

  • Fridays 12 - 4:30pm

Call for an appointment.  Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.

Golden Gate Branch, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, 597-5023

  • Wednesdays, 10am - 3:30pm

Call for an appointment.

Upcoming Tax Assistance Opportunities

Date Time Event Name
Thursday, March 22nd 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 23rd 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Friday, March 23rd 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, March 23rd 12:00pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, March 23rd 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Saturday, March 24th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Saturday, March 24th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Monday, March 26th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Wednesday, March 28th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, March 28th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, March 29th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, March 29th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, March 29th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Saturday, March 31st 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Saturday, March 31st 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Monday, April 2nd 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Wednesday, April 4th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, April 4th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, April 5th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, April 5th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, April 5th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, April 6th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Friday, April 6th 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, April 6th 12:00pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, April 6th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Saturday, April 7th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Saturday, April 7th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Monday, April 9th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Wednesday, April 11th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, April 11th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, April 12th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, April 12th 10:00am - 2:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Thursday, April 12th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, April 13th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Friday, April 13th 12:00pm - 3:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, April 13th 12:00pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Friday, April 13th 12:00pm - 3:30pm Tax Help at César E. Chávez Branch
Saturday, April 14th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Saturday, April 14th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch