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Ask the County Law Librarian: Where to Get Free Tax Preparation


Sacramento County Public Law Library
Q-I am looking for tax assistance and forms and I’ve heard libraries offer this service. Does the law library have someone who can help me with my taxes?

S.W. Hart

A- Thank you for your question. While it is true that many public libraries have tax forms and limited assistance, we do not offer those services here at our library. We do have several tax books in our collection which can help you answer questions regarding common tax issues, but may not include information to assist with the preparation of your return.

However, there is some good news; the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax return preparation for qualifying taxpayers. This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. See IRS publication see Publication 3676-B for details about the services provided. Sacramento area appointments for VITA can be scheduled online. For areas other than Sacramento, go to http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.

If you do not qualify for the VITA program, other services may be available. Sacramento 211 can help in locating other local tax resources.

Do you have a question for the County Law Librarian? Just email [email protected]. If your question is selected your answer will appear the next column. Even if your question isn’t selected, though, I will still respond within two weeks.

Coral Henning, Director
@coralh  @saclawlibrarian

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