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E-File Your Taxes for Free!

Due to the pandemic, Queens Public Library is not hosting any organizations in the library for tax help this year. However, we are providing this list of organizations we have worked with in the past that can help you e-file your taxes for free. Contact them directly for more information on the services they provide. Please note that Queens Public Library does not operate these programs, does not vouch for the accuracy of information disseminated during such programs, and assumes no responsibility for any statements made.

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The following standard documents are required to prepare your taxes:

  • Photo ID — driver license, state-issued non-driver ID, NYC ID or passport (for you and your spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Social Security card for you, your spouse, and your dependents
  • Proof of income (wages, interest and dividend statements):
    - Forms W-2, 1099, 1098
    - Any other documents showing additional income
  • Documents from IRS: the amount of 2021 Stimulus payment and amount of Advanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments received between July and December (see IRS letter 6419)
  • Forms 1095-A, B, or C, Affordable Healthcare Statement
  • Information related to any credits you’re claiming
  • Your banking information (the account number and the routing number for your bank, which you can find on a blank check)

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Organizations Offering Virtual Tax Help:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Virtual Taxpayer Preparation — Volunteers prepare your taxes for free. 

Taxpayer must have email, phone number, AARP Tax Packet (available at the following libraries: Auburndale, Bellerose, Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hillcrest, Hollis, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens Hills, Laurelton, North Forest Park, Windsor Park)

For more information: call 203-939-7961

DO NOT GIVE YOUR SS# OR BANK INFO TO ANYONE ON THE PHONE. DO NOT MAIL ANY TAX DOCUMENTS.


National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
Virtual Taxpayer Preparation — Volunteers prepare your taxes for free. 

Services available in: English and Spanish
Taxpayer must have email, phone number, tax consent form, capability to download and print documents
For more information: Call 862-308-0466 or email vita@nabany.org


NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Virtual Tax Preparation and Other Options – Volunteers prepare your taxes for free.

If your income is $72,000 or less in 2021, you are eligible to receive free virtual tax preparation regardless of your immigration status.

Services available in: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Russian
Taxpayer must have: access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone; a stable Internet connection; access to text or email; and ability to download secure video conference software.
For more information: Visit nyc.gov/taxprep


Urban Upbound
Virtual Taxpayer Preparation and Other Options – Volunteers prepare your taxes for free.

Specify language needs  
Taxpayer must have email, phone number, access to computer or cellular phone with Internet access
For more information: getyourrefund.org/?s=UUNY or call 718-784-0877, press 1 for English; press 2 for Spanish, ext.7


New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

If your income is $73,000 or less, you qualify to receive free virtual tax assistance. Volunteers from New York State Tax Department will guide you step-by-step through their online tax software as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns.

Taxpayer must have an active email account and copy of last year’s tax return or 2020 federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) – if you filed a 2020 return.

Basic return virtual assistance available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Urdu/Bengali

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm; 2pm - 4pm
Feb: 8, 15, 22, March: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April: 5, 12
Thursdays: 10am - 12pm; 2pm - 4pm
Feb: 10, 17, 24, March: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April: 7, 14

Note: You are filing a basic tax return if your 2021 income was reported on one or more of the following:

  • Form W-2, 1099-G, 1099-B, Form 1099-R or 1099-INT, Form 1098-T, Form 1095,
  • 1099-MISC. report self-employed income, income or loss from a business you operated or a profession you practiced as a sole proprietor
  • Cash income for self-employed activity

For more information: Visit the Department FSA website: www.tax.ny.gov/fsa
Preregister by email:
Downstate.FSA.Appointments@tax.ny.gov

Please note that these programs are not operated by Queens Public Library. The Library does not vouch for the accuracy of information disseminated during such programs and assumes no responsibility for any statements made.

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS ON FREE OPTIONS FOR FILING YOUR TAX RETURN

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance provides virtual information sessions to learn about all the free options available for filing your federal and state taxes.

Monday, January 24, 6pm
Join here: queenslib.org/3qP8lJv

Tuesdays, February 15 and March 15, 6pm
Join here: queenslib.org/3zGFkDK