Free Income Tax Preparation Services at APL

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

On select days from Feb. 1 through April 9, APL will provide free federal income tax preparation services for people with an annual household income limit of $52,000. During February, assistance can be found at three APL locations—Main Library, Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, and Delaware Branch. During March and April, assistance will be provided at the Main Library only.

 

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 APL, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.

 

APL’s tax program provides a valuable service to the community. Last year alone, more than 1,400 people had their taxes prepared for free at Albany Public Library resulting in more than $2 million in refunds back to the community.

 

Here is the schedule of free income tax assistance programs available at APL:

 

WALK-IN SERVICES

Saturdays from Feb. 1 through April 12

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 15, and there will be no tax help that day.)

 

APPOINTMENT SERVICES

Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through April 8

Hours vary, by appointment only

Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue

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

 

Mondays and Fridays from Feb. 3 through Feb. 28

12 pm to 4 pm, by appointment only

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.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 27

12 pm to 4 pm, by appointment only

Delaware Branch at 331 Delaware Avenue

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

 

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. The alternate phone number for the hotline is: 888-366-3211.

 

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: www.albanypubliclibrary.org/research/taxes/

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