Tax Assistance Program

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Updated 4/1/2021: Free Tax Help in Oakland

COVID-19 means tax help programs will be very different in 2021. Good news: there are still many ways to get free tax help.

Stay Safe with Virtual Assistance

Get free help filing online from home at
Completely free service
Chat support available
File back taxes (2017-2019)
File amendments for past years

In Person Assistance – Appointments Required

Acorn Computer Learning Center
1143 10th Street Oakland 94607

San Antonio Community Development
Drop-off and in-person tax help on a case-by-case basis
Languages: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Sign Language 
2228 E 15th Street Oakland 94606
510-536-5179, 510-536-1715 or email

Drop-off and Virtual Assistance - Appointments Required

AARP Tax-Aide Program
Starting March 1, tax help will be available by appointment only. Taxpayers need two short in-person appointments - one to pick up an informational packet and scan documents; a second to pick up your completed tax return.
Oakland Main Library
125 14th Street Oakland 94612 
Call 510-269-2064 for an appointment. AARP volunteers at Main will continue to offer this service until the tax filing deadline. 

Alameda County Social Services Thomas L. Berkley Site
Special accommodations available on a case by case basis
2000 San Pablo Avenue Oakland 94612
510-271-9141 or email

Tzu Chi Foundation Oakland
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese
301 13th Street Oakland 94612

City of Oakland VITA
200 Grand Ave Oakland 94610

Family Bridges Family Intake Site
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
168 11th Street Oakland 94607

The Unity Council
Languages: English, Spanish, translation in Mam and Mandarin
1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite IC Oakland 94601
510-535-6101 or email

Acts Full Gospel Church
Languages: English, Spanish
1034 66th Avenue Oakland 94621

Alameda County Social Services Enterprise Office
Special accommodations available on a case by case basis
8477 Enterprise Way Oakland 94621
510-271-9141 or email

Find more information about free tax help locations

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∙ Call 1-866-448-3614 or visit
∙ Call 211

Stimulus Payments

If you need more information about stimulus payments, or do not file taxes and need to register in order to receive your money, visit

Tax Forms

Oakland Public Libraries have a small supply of 1040 forms and instructions. We are still waiting to receive 540 forms and instructions.

If you need federal tax forms, you can get them from the IRS website at or call 800-829-3676.

If you need California tax forms you can get them from or call 800-338-0505.


Need to print tax forms? Go to to send your print, then pick them up at an Oakland Public Library Sidewalk Service location. You can call 510-238-3134 if you need more help.

Please continue to check this page for up to date information.