AARP and VITA Tax Assistance at the Library

Tax season is underway.  Are you ready for the changes the 2018 tax year brings?   Do you need help filing your taxes?  The library is here to help.

For the 2018 tax year the new tax reform law takes place so there will be changes in the way you file your taxes.  Forms 1040A and 1040EZ have been eliminated, and everyone will use a redesigned 1040 formInstructions and forms are available at your nearest library or they can be downloaded from

Taxpayers can visit IRS.Gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2018 tax return. You may want to try the IRS program Free Filea fast, safe, and free way to do your federal tax return online.

The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds. Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019.   If you find you are not able to meet this deadline, you will need to submit a Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension to file.

Florida addresses on where to file  will let you know where to send your return.  

If you need help filing your 2018 Federal Income Tax, volunteers from AARP Foundation and United Way VITA  will give you a hand. Several libraries and other community locations will host free tax assistance through these two organizations. Participants will need to have a valid ID, Social Security Card, and any tax forms necessary to complete their return. 

The tax assistance schedule is below:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide - January 28th - April 15th

*All walk-in service is first-come, first-served.

To set an appointment for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, visit after January 15 or visit the site in person (ONLY during Tax-Aide hours).

Headquarters Branch
Mondays & Tuesdays 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (appointments preferred*)

Tower Road Branch
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (appointments only)

Millhopper Branch
Mondays & Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (appointments only)

Alachua County Senior Rec. Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd)
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (appointments only)

Library Partnership Branch
Wednesdays 11a.m. - 3 p.m. (appointments preferred*)

Saturdays, Walk-ins only:*

Millhopper Branch – 2/2, 3/2, 4/6: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Headquarters Branch – 2/9, 3/9: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tower Road Branch - 2/16, 3/30: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Newberry Branch – 2/23, 3/23: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hawthorne Branch – 3/16: 1:00 - 5 p.m.

Library Partnership Branch – 4/13: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For a complete schedule on a printable flyer, please see attachment below. 

United Way VITA Tax Preparation:

Alachua Branch - Saturdays (Jan. 26 - April 13) 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cone Park Branch - Fridays (Jan. 25 - April 12) 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Library Partnership Branch - Mondays (Jan. 28 - April 8) 1 - 5 p.m. (except Feb 18)

                                             Thursdays (Feb. 7 - April 11) 3 - 6 p.m.

                                             Saturdays (Jan. 26 - April 13) 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Micanopy Branch - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays Feb (12, 26) and March (12, 26), April 9 1:30-4 p.m.

Vita Tax Preparation is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 2-1-1 or 352-332-4636 beginning mid January.

For a complete list of VITA locations and times, please see the attachment below.

Posted by JeanH on December 17, 2018