Every year during tax filing season, the library is ready to help— whether that be books, workshops, one-on-one tax help, or printing out the forms you need, we're here for you! See Upcoming Events, Programs and Blog Posts directly to the right for the most up-to-date information.
The deadline to file federal and state tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2022. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to get help in person, you can still get tax preparation assistance and support in the following ways.
Paper copies of tax forms or instructions
- Download and print forms and instructions from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms & Instructions page and the Oregon Department of Revenue Forms and Publications page. If you are unable to print forms at home, you can send items to the library's printers from almost any device or location with an internet connection.
- Have forms mailed to you. To receive federal tax forms by mail, follow the instructions on the IRS website or call 800.829.3676. To receive Oregon tax forms by mail, fill out the online order form or call 503.378.4988 or 800.356.4222 (toll free).
- Pick up some federal forms at the library. A limited number of federal tax forms are available at library locations; to find out what’s available at a location near you, call 503.988.5123, send us an email, or chat with us.
- The Oregon Department of Revenue no longer sends state tax forms and booklets to libraries, so we will not have any Oregon paper forms available. However, we can print many of the forms you need; contact us or ask at any library location.
Tax return preparation assistance
- IRS-certified volunteers are providing virtual tax help starting January 29. Call 503.966.7942 to see if you qualify and make an appointment. Language translation services are available. You can find more information and intake packets online. Provided by Metropolitan Family Service and CASH Oregon as part of IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
- Other community groups host in-person and virtual IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs for qualifying taxpayers; check the IRS Free tax return preparation site for partners providing this service in your area.
- CASH Oregon can also assist with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) applications and renewals. Call 503.874.6075 for more information.
- AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering online tax help. There is an extensive self-help section; you can also email them your questions regarding federal income taxes.
- If you work as a rideshare driver, Roadmap to Rideshare Taxes can help you navigate how self-employment taxes work, how to count your driving income, how to track tax deductions, and how to pay estimated taxes.
- Get help from the IRS online or by calling 800.829.1040.
- Get help from the Oregon Department of Revenue online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 503-378-4988 or 800.356.4222. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone lines are closed 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays and on holidays.
- Get more information about the Portland Arts Education and Access Income Tax on the Portland Revenue Online website or by calling 503-865-4278
Other tax assistance
- You can find out about Coronavirus Tax Relief and check the status of your Economic Impact Payment on the IRS website.
- If you need assistance with a tax issue beyond regular tax preparation, the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic from Lewis & Clark Law School might be able to help. They provide free need-based legal representation in Federal tax matters, specializing in client controversy with the IRS. Contact them by emailing email@example.com or filling out an online form.
- Questions about IRS Administrative rulings & positions? Want to read analysis of recent tax legislation or the CCH Tax Briefings (newsletter)? CCH Cheetah is a resource largely for tax attorneys and professional tax preparers that may help with unusual tax situations. It is available in any of our 19 library locations (no remote access).
File your taxes online for free
- CASH Oregon has a list of online filing options that are free if you meet certain qualifications.
- IRS Free File lets you prepare and file your federal income tax online for free.
- The Oregon Department of Revenue has a list of approved tax preparation software products that are free if you qualify. Learn more about e-filing information for Oregon.
- Use the IRS free fillable forms starting January 24, 2022. Oregon no longer has free fillable forms.
- MyFreeTaxes from the United Way helps qualifying taxpayers prepare and e-file their own federal and state returns for free, and includes various ways to get support.