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During tax season (late January - April), various libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System may provide basic tax forms.  Forms that libraries do not have can be printed out for a fee.  Please note that library staff does not give tax advice and the following links are a guide to information.  Please consult a tax office or tax preparer for questions. 
 

Federal Tax Information 

IRS Federal Forms 
Call 1-800-829-3676 to order IRS forms by U.S. Mail

Where to mail your Federal tax forms if you are a New York State Resident.

Form 1040 -- Instructions 

Form 1040A -- Instructions

Form1040EZ -- Instructions

Extension Form 4868 - Federal (2017)
File Form 4868 by April 17, 2018

New York State Tax Forms to Download - forms for 2017 may not be available until January 30th
Forms by Number
Forms by Year

 

Instructions for IT-201 (2017) - Full-Year Resident Income Tax Return instructions (tax tables begin on page 49)
(Printable PDF for IT-201 form currently unavailable - Check back HERE for when it may be accessible. 
Do not use a prior-year form to file for tax year 2017.)

Form IT-201 - NY Resident Income Tax Return (2016) -  Printable IT-201 form  (Instructions)

IT-201-D - Itemized Deductions (2016)
IT-214 for 2016 (Instructions)

IT-214 for 2015 (Instructions)
IT-214  for 2014 (Instructions)

 

Order NYS forms via automated telephone service 518-457-5431. Forms take up to 2 weeks for delivery and you can order up to 5 forms. Please note that delivery time and amount of forms that you are able to order may vary depending on call volume and form availability.
TDD/TTY: If you have a hearing or speech impairment and have access to a Text Telephone (TTY), Dial 7-1-1 for the New York Relay Service

 

Tax Help at Local Libraries in 2018

Central Library
The New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance will offer 2-hour instructional sessions and assistance on filing federal and state tax forms. Sessions are held on the following Thursdays: February 1, 8, and 22; March 22 and 29; April 5 and 12. Classes are available at 10 AM to 12 noon, 1 PM to 3 PM, and 4 PM to 6 PM. Registration is required. Call 858-8900 to register.

Clarence Library
AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance 11 AM to 3:30 PM in February on these dates: 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28. No pre-registration required. First come, first served. Please bring your 2016 tax return, 2017 records, your Social Security card, and a photo ID.

Eggertsville-Snyder Library (Walk-ins only - Please follow link for more details about what to bring)
February 1 — April 14, 2018 (No tax help Good Friday, March 30)
Thursdays & Fridays from 12:00 Noon — 3:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM 

Kenmore Library
AARP will provide free tax assistance for adults from 10AM to 2 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays from February 5, 2018 - April 11, 2018. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door by 8:00 AM. Individuals will be seen in order on the list. The library will be closed on February 19, 2018 for President's Day. Please call the library at 873-2842 for more information.

Merriweather Library
VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Preparation will provide free tax preparation of State and Federal Tax Returns on a first come first serve basis on Saturdays, February 10 through April 14 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. This program is sponsored by the Internal Tax Revenue Service. For more information contact Cheryl Pellam at 716-429-6509.

Riverside Library
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will provide free tax assistance on Thursdays, 2 PM to 6 PM from February 1st through April 12th. By appointment only. Please call 2-1-1 to make an appointment.
 

Tax Help Around the Community

 IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.  
Please note what to bring to the local VITA or TCE site
 

General Tax Help

Federal Tax Offices - New York
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers are your source for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue cannot be handled online or by phone, and you want face-to-face assistance.  To locate the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, call 1-800-906-9887.

New State Department of Taxation and Finance - Contact Information
Tax offices no longer offer walk-in services.  However, the website provides an answer center, telephone numbers, a mailing address, and a link to check income tax refund status.

 

Websites

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Provisions

CNN Money
The latest in tax law updates, news, forms & advice.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS is the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Contains downloadable forms and instructions.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
Corporate, personal, sales and other NYS tax and finance related information.  Also contains downloadable forms and instructions.

Yahoo!Finance
Tax articles, calculators, tools, and advice from Yahoo! Personal Finance. Includes tax tips, glossary, checklist, calendar, how-to guides, and more.

 

Community and Local Links 

Assessment and Taxation Department – City of Buffalo 
This department deals with city property tax, sewer rent bills, local assessment bills, tax sale certificates, and other tax notices.

Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services
Contains tax rate history, auction & foreclosure information, forms, public notices, general tax & assessment information, and you can pay property taxes online.

 

Databases

Business Insights:  Essentials
Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information. It brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Virtual Tour

Mergent Online
This product provides Internet-based access to the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive global company database available, with financials and annual reports for domestic and international companies. 

Morningstar
About Morningstar.com Identify stocks or mutual funds to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together with this investment tool. Learn how to screen stocks and mutual funds with tutorials from this database.  

USA.gov 
USA.gov offers easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources. Users can browse information about money and taxes.

 

Library Materials

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Accounting
Business Taxes 
Income Tax
Tax History