Tax Forms

While paper forms are still available, there are now numerous options for free and low cost filing online.  Please keep this in mind if you are having trouble locating specific forms.  Information on e-filing and freefile is available below.  Some forms cannot be printed, copied or downloaded from the IRS website and must be requested directly from the IRS. Please call 1-800-TAX-FORM for more information.

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

See Local Help page for more information on filing online at New York City locations.

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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