DC Library to Help D.C. Residents Prepare Their Taxes

(Washington D.C.)  With the federal income tax filing deadline less than a month away, the D.C. Public Library is offering free tax assistance and information.  The library, already experiencing an increase in usage, expects the number of people seeking tax help to rise this year as more residents look for no-cost options. 

“In these times of economic uncertainty and tax changes, many people are turning to the library for help,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the D.C. Public Library.

The library has tax forms available on self-service stands, and in partnership with organizations like AARP Tax Aide and Community Tax Aid, the library is providing tax preparation assistance to middle and low-income residents.  

“Our goal is to provide a convenient location for pro-bono tax services to help people understand their taxes,” said Cooper.  “It is one of the many ways that the library connects our users with information and resources that can help them.” 

Residents seeking tax preparation services should bring as many of the following items as possible:

  • A valid picture ID
  • 2007 Federal and State tax returns
  • Real estate tax bills paid in 2008
  • Copies of W-2s, 1099 forms, and all other proof of income received in 2008
  • Social Security Cards or Individual Identification cards or letters for any person claimed on the tax return

Books by financial gurus Suze Orman, Eric Sandberg, Jim Cramer and many more also are available at the library to assist people with their taxes.  

“Although we do not give our users tax advice, it feels good to see the relief on their faces when the resources we offer have helped,” said Cooper.

The following locations are offering tax preparation services:

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.
Tues.,  Wed., and  Thur. 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Tues. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th St. N.W.
Mon. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Petworth Neighborhood Library
4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.
Tues. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thurs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West End Neighborhood Library
1101 24th St. N.W.
Thur. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 South Dakota Ave. N.E.
Wed. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thurs. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
1800 Hamlin St. N.E.
Fri. 10 a.m. to 1:30 .p.m

Southwest Neighborhood Library
930 Wesley Pl. S.W.
Mon. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tues. 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library
115 Atlantic St. N.W.
Wed. 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

 Capitol View Neighborhood Library
5001 Central Ave. S.E.
Wed. 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library
3600 Alabama Ave. S.E.
Tues. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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