Income Tax Information

Beginning in 2011, the IRS no longer mails out paper tax forms and instructions to individuals. Basic tax forms and instructions are available at the Main Library and Weekes Branch Library during the tax season as they are made available by the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board.

Printable versions of most forms and publications are available through the IRS website (federal) or the Franchise Tax Board website (California). Forms can be printed from library computers for 10 cents per page.

Telephone Help from the IRS:
• To order tax forms: 1-800-829-3676
• For Live Help: 1-800-829-1040; select option 3
• For Live Help (TTY connection): 1-800-829-4059
• Recorded Tax Help: 1-800-829-4477
• Business Tax Line: 1-800-829-4933
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers:
These local offices of the IRS provide forms and assistance.
Oakland Office
1301 Clay St.
Oakland, CA 94612
M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

San Jose Office
55 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See Where to File for mailing addresses for your tax return.

Free Tax Help:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. IRS and FTB trained volunteers prepare basic personal income tax returns for low to moderate income taxpayers free of charge. Visit their website for VITA and TCE locations.

AARP provides tax help for seniors at several Alameda County locations.

United Way's Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! site lists locations for tax help in English and several other languages.

Tax Forms for Other States
The Federation of Tax Administrators web site provides links to downloadable tax forms for all states.

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