2019 Tax Help at San José Public Libraries

tax form 1040Tax help is available again this year at several of our libraries. See below for a complete list of opportunities.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

VITA offers free tax help to hard working individuals and families whose income is less than $54,000. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese at most locations. All locations provide e-File. Volunteers are trained to prepare basic 2018 Forms 1040 with Schedule A, B, limited Schedule CEZ, C and California Income Tax Returns ONLY! You also CANNOT be filing as "Married, Filing Separate returns".

What to Bring:

  • Photo ID and Social Security card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member.
  • W-2 forms and all 1099, or all other tax forms you received.
  • A copy of last year's federal and state tax return, if available.
  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit.
  • Health coverage information (1095-A,B,C) if bought through Covered CA.
  • more details

VITA Library Sites:

VITA volunteers are also available at many other Santa Clara County locations. For questions, call 1-800-906-9887.


For those with incomes under $55,000, a volunteer from Tax-Aid will prepare your tax return, or teach you how to do it yourself, using a free version of Turbo Tax on your own laptop, or a desktop in the computer lab. No appointment is necessary.

Tax-Aid Library Sites:

Where to Get Tax Forms

Our Libraries have not carried tax forms for several years now. You are encouraged to get the forms online:


When will Campbell Public Library VITA Tax Preparation be available this year? I went there every year for the tax assistance. Thanks, Joseph

Hey Joseph, the Campbell library is not a part of the San José Public Library. I checked online and it does not look like they will be offering it this year. Please visit the VITA Tax Help Locator and input your area code for a list of locations near you. I hope that helps. https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/jsp/vita.jsp?zip=95008&lat=37.2770029&lng=-121.95299920000002&radius=5

Do you know what days HILLVIEW library will be DOING TAXES.

I would like to volunteer to help with this program - how do I get involve? - My wife also wants to help out

Interested volunteers should check out this page about the VITA program - https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1543 You can call 1-800-906-9887 for information about volunteering

I have a job in Saturday need go to King library file tax but King library is big building, the notice not say clearly which room the tax help would be.

The tax help at the King Library will be on the 1st Floor in Room 125.

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