BPL offers three free programs to help you get your taxes done before the April 17th deadline. Please note: all locations will be closed on Easter Day (April 1st).

NYC Office of Financial Empowerment Online Tax Assistance

Complete your tax return online at the library with free help from a tax assistant from January 29 through April 17, 2018.

To use this FREE program, you must have a valid email address and basic computer skills, and bring all relevant tax documents with you. View a list of relevant tax documents you will need to bring.

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

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza (Room 216)
Tuesdays, 10 am - 7 pm; Wednesdays, 2 - 8:30 pm (Tuesday, April 3 session from 10 am - 5 pm)
Sundays, 1 - 4:30 pm (no session April 1)
Beginning March 1st, Fridays, 10 am - 5:30 pm

Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Ave
Mondays, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm; Thursdays, 5 - 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Ave
Mondays, 12 - 3 pm; Tuesdays, 5 - 8 pm; Thursdays, 12 - 3:30 pm 

Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave
Mondays, 11 am - 5 pm; Thursdays, 4 - 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm 

New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Ave
Mondays, 10 am - 3 pm; Tuesdays, 10 am - 3 pm; Thursdays, 4:15 - 7:45 pm; Sundays, 1 - 4:30 pm (no session April 1)

AARP Tax Help for Low & Middle Income Taxpayers

A volunteer from AARP will help you complete your tax return. Assistance is available on a first come, first served basis from February 2 through April 16, 2018. For a list of documents you may need to bring, visit the AARP website.

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

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza (Trustees Room, 3rd Floor)
Mondays, 10 am - 2 pm, February 5 - April 16 

Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Ave
Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm and Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm, February 2 - April 13 (no session March 30)

Leonard Library, 81 Devoe St
Fridays, 10:30 am - 3 pm, February 9 - April 13 (no session March 30)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to people who generally make $66,000 or less, persons with disabilities, seniors and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Assistance will be available from January 29 through April 16, 2018

Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 5 pm, January 30 - April 12

Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd
Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm and Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm, February 9 - April 14 (no session March 30)

Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Ave
Mondays, 10 am - 4 pm and Wednesdays, 1 - 7 pm, January 29 - April 16

Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Ave
Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm, February 16 - April 13 (no session March 30)

Tax Forms

Pick Up Forms

Only a limited number of the most popular forms and instructions are 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. At Central Library, the forms and instructions are located in the Society, Sciences & Technology division on the 2nd Floor.

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

Print Forms

At BPL locations, it costs 10 cents per page to make photocopies of forms or to print forms from a website. A valid BPL card or guest pass is required to access the library's computers and to pay for prints. At 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 & Technology division (2nd Floor). Instruction booklets and additional copies of tax forms can be printed for 10 cents per page.

Download Forms & 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.

Forms for Other States

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

Information You'll Need to File Your Taxes

  • Government- issued photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for you and all dependents
  • All income-related items
  • All deduction-related items
  • Your spouse (if married and filing jointly)
  • NEW: If you purchased health insurance through the marketplace, bring form 1095-A, and dependents' proof of income.

Electronic Tax 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.

Tax Refund Status

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

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

For more information, visit nyc.gov/taxprep or call 311 and ask for tax preparation.

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