Free Income Tax Preparation Services Start Feb. 2 and Continue Until April 13

Albany Public Library should be your first stop for income tax assistance and resources this tax season.

On select days from Feb. 2 through April 13, APL will provide free federal income tax preparation for people with an annual household income limit of $51,000. The income tax preparation services are provided by APL’s partners—volunteers from the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the AARP Tax-Aide program. For more information about the free tax services available at the library, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.


Here is the schedule of free income tax preparation services available at APL:


Saturdays from Feb. 2 through April 13

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue

Assistance is on a walk-in basis only. No appointments or reservations will be taken. (Note that the Main Library will be closed on March 16, and there will be no tax help that day.)



Mondays and Fridays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 25

12 pm to 4 pm, by appointment

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch at 148 Henry Johnson Boulevard

Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the United Way 2-1-1 hotline to set up an appointment.


Wednesdays from Feb. 6 through April 10

Hours vary by appointment

Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue

Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the United Way 2-1-1- hotline to schedule an appointment.


This year, all appointments for income tax services at APL are being scheduled through the United Way 2-1-1 hotline. Simply dial 211 on any phone to be connected to an operator who can set up an appointment at the library. Alternate phone numbers for the hotline are: 518-694-8900 or 888-366-3211 or 800-899-1479.


In addition to the tax preparation services, most Albany Public Library locations stock basic federal and New York State income tax forms for individual tax filers. Librarians are helpful in connecting people to information that will help answer their tax questions. And, the library’s website has a special section dedicated to tax information:  


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