Local Tax 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.

To use this FREE program, you must:

  • earn less than $52,000 (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 at Grand Army Plaza (Room 216)
January 27-April 14, 2014

Mondays: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (except 2/17)
Wednesdays: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fridays: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sundays: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Business and Career Library – January 28-April 15, 2014

Tuesdays: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesdays: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

New Lots Library – January 27-April 15, 2014

Mondays: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (except 2/17)
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Fridays: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturdays: 1:00 PM - 4:30 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. Runs February 3, 2014 - April 15, 2014. For a list of documents you may need to bring, visit the AARP website.

Central Library at Grand Army Plaza (3rd Floor Trustees Room)
Mondays, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, February 3 - April 14 (except 2/17)

Bedford Library
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, February 5 - April 9

Business and Career Library
Fridays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, February 7 - April 11

Greenpoint Library
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM, February 4 - April 15

BPL branches offering free income tax preparation in conjunction with Brooklyn College and the IRS:

Income limits: $25,000/year for individuals and $60,000/year for families.  They DO NOT prepare Schedules C, D and E.  For a list of documents you may need to bring, click here.  For more information call 718-287-1142

Flatbush Library
Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, February 1 - April 12, 2014

Kings Bay Library
Fridays, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, February 14 - April 11, 2014

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

For a list of Tax assistance sites by borough, click here.

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

H&R Block Low cost filing of your tax return

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!


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