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 select libraries during the 2020 tax season.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between Feb 5, 2020 – April 15, 2020.

Be sure to bring copies of federal and state tax returns for last year, all materials pertaining to your 2019 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:
Wednesday, February 12 (Lincoln's Birthday)
Monday, February 17 (Presidents' Day)

Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room, 125 14th Street, 238-3134

  • Mondays, 10am - 3pm
  • Wednesdays, 12 - 3pm
  • 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, 10am - 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

  • Mondays, 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Tuesdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm

Call for an appointment. Walk-in service unavailable.

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

  • Fridays 12 - 4pm

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 in February and April. Walk-ins available in March.

Upcoming Tax Help Events

Date Time Event Name
Monday, April 13th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Monday, April 13th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Tuesday, April 14th 10:30am - 2:30pm Tax Help at Dimond Branch
Wednesday, April 15th 10:00am - 3:00pm Tax Help at Main Library
Wednesday, April 15th 10:00am - 3:30pm Tax Help at Golden Gate Branch