Tax Assistance

Tax Assistance

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the library is unable to host in-person income tax preparation assistance from VITA and Tax-Aide.

  • Both of these programs have suspended in-person assistance in 2021.
  • VITA is working on a plan to provide virtual assistance and a drop-off service. Details are being finalized by that organization and will be shared here when they are available.

Here are other options that may be helpful to you:

All open APL branches will have Federal and New York State tax forms available to the public. Please call or email your local branch to learn what forms are available.
 
Updated 2/1/21
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Tax Forms at the Library

Albany Public Library stocks basic New York State tax forms and federal forms for individual tax filers only (none for businesses).

All of our open branches stock forms and instructions. We cannot guarantee that all forms will always be in stock. Please contact your neighborhood branch for availability of tax forms at each location.

At this time, we have five branches open for curbside pickup. You may call or email one of those branches to request tax forms that can be picked up by appointment.

Some state forms are available online: New York State | Other US states

Where’s My Refund?

Here’s where you can inquire about the status of your Federal and New York State refunds:

Federal

Check the status of your federal refund online, or call the Refund Hotline any time at (800) 829-1954. When you call, you will need to provide your social Security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of the refund shown on your tax return. Check out IRS Tax Topics for further information. 

New York State

Check the status of your New York State tax refund online or call (518) 457-5149. To use this service, you will need to know your social security number, which form you filed, and the exact whole-dollar amount of your refund.