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.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO SENIORS.

Be sure to bring copies of federal and state tax returns for last year and all materials pertaining to your 2015 income.  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

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. 

Upcoming Tax Assistance Opportunities

Date Time Event Name
Monday, February 8th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, February 9th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 10th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, February 10th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, February 11th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Saturday, February 13th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, February 16th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 17th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, February 17th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, February 18th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, February 19th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, February 20th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, February 22nd 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, February 23rd 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 24th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, February 24th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, February 25th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, February 26th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, February 27th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, February 29th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, March 1st 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 2nd 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, March 2nd 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, March 3rd 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 4th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, March 5th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, March 7th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, March 8th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 9th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, March 9th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, March 10th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 11th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, March 12th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, March 14th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, March 15th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 16th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, March 16th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, March 17th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 18th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, March 19th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, March 21st 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, March 22nd 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 23rd 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Wednesday, March 23rd 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Thursday, March 24th 10:30am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Friday, March 25th 12:00pm - 5:00pm Tax Help at Eastmont Branch
Saturday, March 26th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, March 28th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Tuesday, March 29th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 30th 10:00am Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch