Need help doing your taxes? For years the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and the Internal Revenue Service have offered a valuable service to the public by providing the multitude of forms needed to file an income tax return. This year, the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, will once again be participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
IRS-trained volunteer tax preparers will be on hand from 2:00-5:00 p.m. every Saturday from February 3 through April 14 in the Public Documents & Patents Department, second floor of the North Building.
The VITA service targets elderly and low-income individuals. Volunteers will prepare all basic forms, including the 1040, 1040-A, and the 1040-EZ, as well as Earned Income Credit forms and schedules. Basic assistance will also be available for State of Ohio tax returns. Because of time constraints, volunteers will not be able to assist with business tax returns or complex forms beyond the basic 1040 series.
New this year will be electronic filing. Some volunteers will be trained to prepare the forms electronically and to file them online at no cost to taxpayers. Electronic filing is available only for those who use a VITA volunteer, and is a secure way to file taxes that usually results in faster refunds.
The Main Library offered VITA service for the first time during the 2000 tax season. A total of 103 taxpayers received free assistance through the service. Service is available on a first-come, first serve basis.
Last year nearly 1,000,000 income tax forms were distributed from the Main Library and 41 branches. In addition to providing copies of many of the most commonly used forms and instructions, the Public Library also is a great resource for tax planning guides that will assist you in your return, as well as help you plan for the future. If you don’t find a form you need, there is a reproducible copy available at the reference service desk to photocopy.
In the Public Documents & Documents Department, there are also selected copies of the forms dating back to 1977, as well as federal individual tax forms for the current year. The department also maintains forms for the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Anyone interested in picking up income tax forms should contact their local branch or the Main Library. For additional information, contact the Public Documents & Patents Department at 513-369-6971.
Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org