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.


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.