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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 


Changes to Forms 1040 and 1040 A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, and Form 1040 EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents:
Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. The new Form 1040 uses a "building block" approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules.

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 (2017) Tax tables begin on page 78

Form 1040A -- Instructions (2017)

Form1040EZ -- Instructions (2017)

Form 1040-V Payment Voucher (2017)

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

Prior Year Federal Tax Forms & Instructions Search

New York State Tax Forms to Download 

Forms by Number
Forms by Year


Form IT- 201, Resident Income Tax Return (2017)

Printable PDF form for IT-201

Instructions for IT-201 (2017) - Full-Year Resident Income Tax Return instructions (tax tables begin on page 49)

IT-214  (2017) - Claim for Real Property Tax Credit

IT-201-D -Itemized Deductions

IT-201-V - Payment Voucher for New York State Income Tax Returns

IT-214 for 2016 (Instructions)
IT-214 for 2015 (Instructions)
IT-214  for 2014 (Instructions)

Where to mail New York State Personal Income Tax Returns

Please note that to Apply for an extension of time to file an income tax return you have to complete the request via an online service. Individuals may also call 518-457-5181 between 8:30am-4:30pm if they have questions. New York State does not have form IT-370 available on its website and any copies found on other websites may not be a valid documents if an individual mails that to the state. New York State will also not accept Federal extension forms.

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


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.



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.

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.



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

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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Business Taxes 
Income Tax
Tax History