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 2019 tax season.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between Feb 6, 2019 – April 15, 2019.

Be sure to bring copies of federal and state tax returns for last year, all materials pertaining to your 2018 income, a picture ID and your Social Security card.  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

The Oakland Public Library will be closed and tax assistance will not be available on the following dates:
Tuesday, February 12 (Lincoln's Birthday)
Monday, February 18 (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, 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Fridays, 12 - 3:30pm

Bilingual Spanish/English.  Call for an appointment.  Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.

Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, 482-7844

  • Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:30pm (starting Feb. 26)
  • Thursdays, 10am - 2pm (starting Feb. 7)

Call for an appointment. Walk-in service unavailable.

Eastmont Branch, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211, 615-5726

  • Fridays 12 - 4:30pm

Call for an appointment.  Walk-in service unavailable.

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

  • Wednesdays, 10am - 3:30pm

Call for an appointment. Appointments cannot be made more than two weeks in advance. 

Upcoming Tax Assistance Opportunities

Date Time Event Name
Wednesday, February 6th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, February 7th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 13th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, February 14th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 20th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, February 21st 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, February 26th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, February 27th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, February 28th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, March 5th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 6th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, March 7th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, March 12th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 13th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, March 14th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, March 19th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 20th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, March 21st 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, March 26th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, March 27th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, March 28th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, April 2nd 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, April 3rd 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, April 4th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, April 9th 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, April 10th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch
Thursday, April 11th 10:00am - 2:00pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch