Personal Finance & Tax

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Free Tax Help

NOTICE: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Sites Service Suspended Until Further Notice.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide tax assistance program came to a sudden halt in mid-March due to COVID-19. Regrettably, our counselors won’t be available to prepare tax returns until next year.

If you expect to owe taxes on your 2019 return, you should seek tax assistance elsewhere in time to file by July 15th. If you’re unsure as to whether you will owe taxes or not, in many cases your situation is likely to be the same as when you filed last year.

If you expect a refund on your 2019 tax return there is no penalty for filing a return with no tax due after the filing deadline. If you wish, we will be able to file both your 2019 and 2020 returns next February.

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Our counselors look forward to assisting you next year.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) developments change hour by hour, AARP Foundation is doing its part to flatten the curve of transmission. A top priority for us is ensuring we are protecting those most at risk, including our volunteers and taxpayers. Therefore, we are suspending AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services beginning March 16 until further notice. We will continue to assess whether we can open again in some or all sites for the remainder of the tax season and if the tax season is extended.

Tax and Personal Finance Resources

Central library provides state and federal tax forms during tax season.

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In addition to a large collection of books, we provide free online access to Morningstar Investment Center and Tax and Investment ebooks available anytime, anywhere with your Berkeley Public Library card.

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