The tax man cometh! If you prepare your IRS tax return by hand rather than using tax preparation software such as TurboTax, you can find the forms you need at many of Austin’s public libraries. Since Austin boasts an IRS service center, Austinites can also get tax forms there. If you think you can get IRS forms at the Post Office, you are dating yourself, as the Post Office quit offering this service several years ago.
It may be more convenient for you to stop by your local library than to go to the IRS customer service center. Here are the libraries that carry basic forms that you can take with you:
Carver Branch 1161 Angelina St. 512-974-1010
Oak Springs Branch 3101 Oak Springs Dr. 512-926-4453
Southeast Branch 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. 512-462-1452
Pleasant Hill Branch 211 E. William Cannon Dr. 512-974-3940
Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr. 512-454-7208
The following libraries don’t have forms you can take home, but carry sets of forms that you can copy for 20 cents a page.
North Village Branch 2505 Steck Ave. 512-974-9960
Old Quarry Branch 7051 Village Center Dr. 512-345-4435
Spicewood Springs Branch 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd. 512-974-3800
If you want the best of both, try these libraries, which offer basic forms you can take with you and other forms that you can copy.
Faulk Central Library 800 Guadalupe St. 512-974-7400
Milwood Branch 12500 Amherst Dr. 512-974-2355
Twin Oaks Branch 2301 S. Congress Ave. 512-442-4664
University Hills Branch 4721 Loyola Ln. 512-974-9940
Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr 512-974-9840
All Austin public libraries offer Internet access to the IRS web site (www.irs.gov) where you can print forms.
If you have a more complicated tax situation, you may prefer to pick up forms at the Austin IRS customer service center at 825 E. Rundberg Ln., Austin, TX 78753. The center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and also offers assistance with tax questions. Call (512) 499-5127 for more information.
Getting Tax Forms from the Comfort of Your Home
The IRS will mail tax forms to you and you can order them online.
The IRS has compiled a DVD, “Publication 1796,” that contains most tax forms. You can order it online.
Need More Than Tax Forms?
If you need help preparing your IRS tax return, these branches of the Austin Public Library will help you beginning in February 2010.
Little Walnut Creek Branch Mondays & Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Yarborough Branch Mondays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
North Village Branch Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University Hills Branch Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Windsor Park Branch Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ruiz Branch Mondays & Wednesdays 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Senior citizens can get free tax help via the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program provided by AARP. Community Tax Center open in mid January. Click here for a list of centers.
Source: Information obtained from the Austin Public Library web site – http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/news/nr20100112.htm