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January 8, 2013 > Feeling Taxed? FREE Taxpayer Assistance Programs at Tri-City Libraries

Feeling Taxed? FREE Taxpayer Assistance Programs at Tri-City Libraries

Submitted By Mira Geroy

Alameda County Library branches in Fremont, Newark, and Union City are offering FREE taxpayer assistance this year through a partnership with the VITA Volunteers Network.

Fremont Library at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. will offer onsite tax preparation by VITA volunteers on Saturdays from 1-4 from February 2nd through April 13th.

Newark Library at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue will offer both drop off and on site tax preparation on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from February 2nd through March 16th, 2013 (last day pick-up and in person preparation only).

Union City Library at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road will offer both drop off and on site tax preparation on Saturdays from February 2nd through March 16th, 2013.

Assistance in Chinese, Spanish, and other languages is available at some of the sites. Families receiving tax preparation assistance must meet these eligibility requirements: for 2012 household earnings must be $50,000 or less and they must have no rental income or self-employment income.

To receive assistance please bring:
* Social Security card or ITIN
* W-2 forms of all jobs held in 2012
* All 1099 forms and other income tax forms
* Child Care provider information including name, address, and tax ID number
* A voided check with your account numbers for direct deposit of your refund
* Last year's tax return

In addition to tax preparation assistance, both federal and California basic tax forms are available at the Union City Library. Newark and Fremont Libraries do not have the paper tax forms, but all three libraries have the reproducible tax forms that may be used to make photocopies at the library. There are also public internet access stations available at all the Libraries for people with library cards to access the government websites to download and print tax forms. There is a charge of 13 cents per page for printing or copying.

Alameda County Libraries also carry books to help taxpayers understand taxes and make dealing with them easier such as J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2012 by Barbara Weltman and 475 tax deductions for businesses and self- employed individuals: an A to Z Guide by Bernard Komoroff.

Mira Geroy is the Library Manager at Union City Library

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