Free Tax Help Available at the Oakland Public Library

Release Date: 
Fri, 02/07/2014

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 15, 2014. Trained volunteers will help residents fill out their forms at several library locations (see below for locations and schedule).

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 2013 tax forms for themselves and their spouse (if filing jointly).

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.

Tax Assistance Schedule: 


Oakland Main Library
Bradley Walters Community Room
125 14th Street, (510) 238-3134
Mondays, 10 am to 3 pm
Wednesdays, 12 to 4 pm
Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm
No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot.

César E. Chávez Branch
3301 East 12th St., suite 271, (510) 535-5620
Thursdays, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Fridays from 12 noon to 3:30 pm
Bilingual Spanish/English
Call for an appointment. Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.

Dimond Branch
3565 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 482-7844
Tuesdays, 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursdays, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Call for an appointment.

Eastmont Branch
7200 Bancroft Avenue, (510) 615-5726
Fridays, 12 to 4 pm
No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot.

Golden Gate Branch
5606 San Pablo Avenue, (510) 597-5023
Wednesdays, 10 am to 4:45 pm
Call for an appointment.

The Tax Assistance Program will not take place on official City holidays. For more information, please call (510) 238-3134, or visit This free service is being brought to you by the Oakland Public Library and AARP. All library facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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