Tax Assistance

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Tax season is upon us and the library and our partners are here to help you file your 2020 taxes. Tax filing season begins February 12, 2021 and the IRS has outlined steps to speed refunds during the pandemic.

The deadline to file your 2020 taxes is April 15, 2021.

The library has tax forms and instruction booklets available for pick-up. Please call ahead to ensure forms are available at your preferred library branch. The forms available are a booklet including the 1040, 1040-SR (senior), and Schedules 1, 2, 3, and LEP. The form booklet is also available in Spanish. The booklet does not contain instructions or any other forms/schedules. These and additional forms, along with instructions, can also be found on the IRS website.

Tax Assistance at the Library

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will be at multiple locations this year starting on February 16, 2021. Appointments are required for all locations. All taxpayers must be masked and have an appointment to enter a Tax-Aide site.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling (352) 448-7445. Phone calls will only be answered Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only one tax return is allowed per one-hour appointment. 

Library Locations:

Cone Park Branch (2801 E. University Ave.) - Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments required!

Millhopper Branch (3145 NW 43rd St.) - Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments required!

Tower Road Branch (3020 SW 75th St.) - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments required!

Other Locations:

*Starting on March 3rd* Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd) - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments required!

No Contact/Virtual Site - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments required!

Help to file taxes

IRS Free File is now open! File your taxes online for free. The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry leaders who provide their brand-name products for free.

United Way VITA tax help begins on January 25, 2021. They are utilizing a drop-off system where taxpayers will drop off their tax documents, the VITA volunteers will prepare the tax returns, and the taxpayers will return at a said date to pick their tax returns up.

For more information, please call the 2-1-1 helpline. Appointments are not necessary, but preferred.

Drop-off Location:

United Way of North Central Florida

6031 NW 1st Place, Gainesville, FL 32607

Drop-off Times:

Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drop-off Location:

Buchholz High School

5510 NW 27th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606

Drop-off Times:

Tuesdays and Thursday 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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