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January 10, 2012 > Alameda County Library News: Taxpayer Resources Available at Tri-City Libraries

Alameda County Library News: Taxpayer Resources Available at Tri-City Libraries

By Mira Geroy, Library Manager Union City Library

If you are one of those people who dread this time of the year when the tax season rolls around, there is SOME good news. The Alameda County Tri-City branch libraries offer tax resources, forms, and tax form assistance.

Libraries in Fremont, Newark, and Union City have binders available for the public with tax forms that can be photocopied at the library. Union City Library also has basic paper forms available for you to pick up starting in mid January. All the libraries have public use computers where you can access the IRS website to download and print any additional forms you need. Free Wi-Fi is also available in all the libraries. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to have forms sent to you.

Additional help is provided by several books available for checkout including J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012, Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn by Stephen Fishman Nolo Press 2011, Small Business Taxes Made Easy by Eva Rosenberg McGraw-Hill 2011, The library website at www.aclibrary.org also offers free online classes in the Universal Class program. To find it click on research then A-Z resources then click on u and choose Universal Class.

The Fremont Family Resource Center will be doing an outreach tax assistance program in three Tri-City branch libraries including Fremont, Newark and Union City libraries. The tax assistance will be provided by IRS-certified VITA volunteer tax preparers. To qualify for this FREE help you must have a household income of $50,000 or less per year. If married you must be filing jointly to receive this help. The program at the Fremont Library will be on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. from February 4 through April 14, 2012. The program at Newark Library will be on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 4 through March 10, 2012. The program at Union City Library will be on the following dates: Saturdays 11:30-4:30 p.m. on February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17 and Sunday March 11 from 1-5 p.m. At Newark and Union City Libraries the public served will drop off their information and pick up their completed forms the following week. At Fremont Library the public served will have their forms processed on site which will take approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

You need to bring the following to receive this service:
Picture ID
SS Cards for all family members
W-2 and 1099 forms for all jobs and income
Childcare provider SSN or EIN number and address
Bank routing and acct. numbers for direct deposit of refund
A copy of last year's return is helpful

For more information about the VITA tax program call 510-574-2020 (press 1 to leave a message) or visit http://earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

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