Tax Guide

BPL Tax Guide: Avoid Tax Time Frustration

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Use the BPL Tax Guide.




Local Help

NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment Tax Assistance:

Prepare your taxes online at the library with help from a tax assistant January 23-April 18.

To use this FREE program, you must:

  • earn less than $64,000 (per tax return)
  • have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills
  • bring all your relevant tax documents to the site

View a list of relevant tax documents to bring to the sites.

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza (Room 216 – Balcony Conference Room on 2/17, 4/11)
Mondays, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (no session 2/20); Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM; Fridays, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (no session 4/16)

New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue
Mondays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (no session 2/20); Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Fridays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (no session 4/14); Sundays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (no session 4/16)

Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave.
Wednesdays, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM; Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Ave.
Mondays, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (no session 2/20); Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance with Urban Outbound

Free Income Tax Preparation with income limits $64,000/Year.

Jamaica Bay Library
January 23rd – April 13th
Mondays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (no session 2/20)
Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

BPL branches offering free AARP tax preparation for low and middle income taxpayers:

All AARP free tax preparation sites operate on a first come, first served basis. February 1 - April 17, 2017. For a list of documents you may need to bring, visit the AARP website.

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza (Trustees Room, 3rd Floor)
Mondays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (no session 2/20)

Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Fridays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (no session on 4/14)

Leonard Library, 81 Devoe St.
Fridays, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM (no session on 4/14)

Free Income Tax Preparation

Brooklyn College & the IRS (VITA) in coordination with Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke are sponsoring Free Income Tax Preparation at the Flatbush and Kings Bay Libraries.

Please note the income limits:  Individuals - $35,000/Year and Families - $70,000/Year.

They do not prepare the following schedules:  C – Business Income, D – Capital Gains & Losses and E – Rental Property Income.

What to Bring:  Picture Identification Card; Social Security Card for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents claimed; Voided Check if requesting direct deposit.

Please bring all income and expense statements (W2s, 1099, SSI, SSA, tuition statements, mortgage interest statements, student loan interest & all other tax documents.

Flatbush Library
Beginning January 27th to April 16th
Fridays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kings Bay Library
Beginning March 3rd – March 31st
Fridays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturdays, 10 AM – 4:00 PM

The tax help is being provided by the Boro President’s office Eric Adams at the Red Hook Branch. The income cap is $50,000.

Red Hook
Thursdays, March 23st, March 30th, April 6th and April 13th
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

BPL Tax Information and Planning:

Brooklyn Public Library's Business Library's guide to tax planning

any branches of the Brooklyn Public Library own:
J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax (Call# 336 L34 Y7) and
J.K. Lasser's 1001 deductions and tax breaks: the complete guide to everything deductible (Call# 343.75052 W).

    Help around New York City:

AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator

Food Bank for New York City

Free Tax Preparation and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Local IRS offices in New York (help with federal taxes only)

New York City Office of Financial Empowerment

Call the Tax Program Appointment Hotline (212) 505-EITC (3482) for locations throughout New York City.

Small Business Owners:
See the Business Library's guide to filing taxes and information on upcoming workshops and events!

Tax Forms

Pick Up Forms

Only a limited number of the most popular forms and instructions have been distributed to library branches. Call your branch to see if forms have been received, but please note, we cannot check for the availability of specific tax forms.

Copies of basic Federal and New York State tax forms and instructions are available at Brooklyn Public Library branches. In the Central Library, the forms and instructions are located in the Society, Sciences & Technology division on the 2nd Floor.

The Society, Sciences & Technology Division of the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, has reproducible copies of Federal tax forms from 2009 to 2014 and New York State tax forms for the years 2010-2011 only. 

Some Federal Forms may be available for pick up at local IRS offices. The Brooklyn office is at:

2 Metro Tech Center, 1st floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(718) 834-6559

Tax form kiosk available at this location.

For additional local New York offices, and information on services provided visit the IRS website.

Print Forms

At Brooklyn Library locations, it costs 10 cents per page to make photocopies of forms or to print forms from a Web site. A valid BPL card or guest pass is required to access the library's computers and to pay for prints.

At the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, one copy of tax forms can be printed free of charge at the Information Commons (1st Floor) and in the Society, Sciences and Technology Division (2nd Floor). Instruction booklets and additional copies of tax forms can be printed for 10 cents per page.

Order Forms

Federal forms
(800) TAX FORM (829-3676)
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

New York State forms
(518) 457-5431

Download Forms and Instructions

To get all forms and instructions previously mailed in the income tax packets, including forms from previous years, try downloading them from the Internet. Tax forms are no longer available for pick-up at local post offices and only a limited supply is available at libraries.  Click here for Federal Forms and here for New York State Forms

Free File Program

Some taxpayers may be eligible to file online for free through the IRS’s Federal FreeFile Program and New York State's FreeFile, and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment's Online Free Tax Preparation

Electronic Filing

There are a number of ways to file your taxes online. You can:

Before hiring a tax preparer, make sure you know your rights!

Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers

Make a Wise Choice when Selecting a Tax Preparer

Electronic Filing at BPL

Outside of the tax assistance programs offered at BPL, due to privacy issues and time restrictions, electronic filing at BPL is not recommended.

If you do choose to file using BPL computers, it requires a valid BPL card or the purchase of a guest pass.  We highly recommend that you close all browser windows before your session times out. If you print out copies of your returns, the cost is 10 cents per page.

Forms for Other States

Tax Forms for all 50 states can be found through the Federation of Tax Administrators' website.

Refund Status

Where's My Refund? - Check the status of your refund online at the IRS website.

New York State Income Tax Refund Status - Check here for the status of your New York State Return.

BPL and other organizations in New York City offer free or low-cost help with tax preparation. Always call ahead to see if you need to make an appointment and to find out what documents you'll need to bring.




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