For anyone who can use a little good news during tax time, the Oakland Public Library, in partnership with AARP, offers free tax assistance from February 1 through April 16, 2012. Trained volunteers will help residents fill out their forms at several library locations (see below for locations and schedule).
Walk-in appointments (no need to call ahead) will be available at the Main Library and Eastmont Branch. Be sure to arrive in time for the beginning of the day's session in order to receive a time slot. All other library locations offering this service require that appointments be made in advance by calling the branch ahead of time.
The Library's Tax Assistance program is very popular, and not everyone is guaranteed a time slot. Seniors, ages 60 and up, will be given preference for walk-in appointments.
Participants need to bring copies of last year's federal and state tax returns and all materials pertaining to their 2011 tax forms for themselves and their spouse (if filing jointly).