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 2016 tax season.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between February 6, 2017 and April 17, 2017.


Be sure to bring copies of federal and state tax returns for last year, all materials pertaining to your 2016 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

The Oakland Public Library will be closed and tax assistance will not be available on the following dates:
Monday, February 13 (Lincoln's Birthday)
Monday, February 20 (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 - 4pm

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

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

Eastmont Branch, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, 615-5726

  • Fridays 12 - 4:30pm

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

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

  • Wednesdays, 10am - 3:30pm

Call for an appointment.