Get Your Taxes Done @ Your Library

Tax season is here, and the Chester County & Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries will provide a selection of forms and publications and tax assistance for you to get a head start on filing your taxes! Each library will offer basic federal and state forms, including IRS 1040 forms and instructions, a selection of PA forms and schedules, an IRS binder with reproducible forms, as well as tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program.

Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is no longer sending tax forms and instructions to public libraries. Reference staff will make a selection of forms and instructions available to the public in a number of ways, at the normal cost of printing (10 cents a page). Customers will be able to make photocopies from reproducible binders of forms, print from a self-service computer station, and also pick up some forms at the Reference Desk. Last year, the library distributed over 25,000 tax forms and instructions and we expect this year to be just as busy. We appreciate your understanding of this change and your patience in what promises to be a hectic tax season.

Tax help is being offered by AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program on Mondays at the Chester County Library during February, March, and early April. Trained and certified tax volunteers can help you prepare and electronically file your federal and state taxes at no charge. Individuals with complex tax situations may need to see a tax professional. Please visit our online event calendar to register, or call 610-344-5957.

AARP tax preparers will be at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library on Fridays and Saturdays starting on February 8th. Select Henrietta Hankin Branch Programs, find the date and time you want to come, and register with your name and contact information. If you have a question or need assistance, please leave a message at 610-344-4195. Calls will be returned first come first served.

The library also has helpful websites for federal, state, and local tax information, which includes how to order forms and publications, find tax help, where to e-file, and how to track your refund. Visit the “Tax” section under Websites by Subject in the Tools & Research section on our website.

The Reference staff is happy to help you access forms and instructions and find information for your general tax information needs. Contact us in-person, email, or call 610-344-5957 with any questions.