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Tax Information

Tax Assistance

Tax assistance for low to moderate income ($40,000 and below for a family of 4, $20,000 for an individual)taxpayers and the elderly or disabled is offered at sites in Allegheny and surrounding counties during tax filing season (generally February 1 through the middle of April).

Options to locate a tax assistance site include:

  • AARP Tax-Aide Site locator
    The AARP Tax-Aide program has IRS certified volunteers who provide free tax counseling and preparation services to millions of low and middle income taxpayers, especially those ages 60 and older. Enter your zipcode and receive location addresses, schedules, and other contact information.
  • AARP site at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill branch (5801 Forbes Ave., 15217), operates Feb. 2 - Apr. 13; Tuesdays, Thursdays 12 pm - 3 pm, and Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm; by appointment; 412 422-9650

  • United Way: Tax Site Locations
    Use the link above and/or call the United Way Help Line, 211 or tollfree 888-553-5778, to find a tax help site based on your zipcode. Provides a detailed listing of the area's sites including Downtown, East Liberty, Oakland, North Side and South Side.

Downtown Pittsburgh tax assistance sites include:

  • City County Building, 2nd floor, Ross Street side
    Volunteers complete federal and state returns as well as PACE and property tax/rent rebate; City of Pittsburgh employees complete city tax returns; operates Feb. 3 - Apr. 15; Mon.- Fri., 8 am - 3 pm (no returns started after 2:15 pm); first come first served, walk-ins only.
  • Chamber of Commerce Building, Room 420, 411 7th Ave.
    PA Dept. of Revenue employees will complete state returns and property tax/rent rebates; Mon. - Fri. 8:30 am - 4 pm; walk-ins only.

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Tax Forms

All locations of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have access to downloadable and/or reproducible federal tax forms.

Both CLP-Downtown & Business and the Pennsylvania Department at CLP-Main participate in the federal Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP) and provide forms, instructions and several of the most-requested IRS publications such as Pub. 17, Your Federal Income Tax. Well written and easy to understand, this is a good starting place to find answers to the most frequently asked tax questions.

Pennsylvania and City of Pittsburgh forms (downloaded from Jordan Tax Service) and instructions are available at Downtown & Business. For availability of forms at other library locations, please contact your library.

 

United States - Federal Taxes

At 1040 Central find what you need to file your federal taxes:

Useful Hotline numbers for federal forms and tax help:

  • 1-800-829-1040  -  IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals
  • 1-800-829-4933  -  IRS Tax Help Line for Businesses
  • 1-800-829-3676  -  IRS Forms and Publications Ordering
  • 1-800-829-1954  -  IRS Refund Hotline
  • 1-877-777-4778  -  National Taxpayer Advocate Help Line
 

Pennsylvania - State Taxes

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's e-Services web page includes links to:

Useful Hotline numbers for state forms and tax help:

  • 1-888-728-2937  -  PA Tax Fact and Information Line (automated) - check status of return; order forms and publications
  • 1-717-787-8201  -  PA personal income tax questions
  • 1-717-787-1064  -  PA business tax questions
 

Local Taxes

 

Related Tax Links

  • Tax and Accounting Sites Directory is a comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources. The directory is designed to be a starting point for people who are searching for tax and accounting information, products, and services.
  • Tax Analysts Tax History Project is a website that traces the history of American taxation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering open debate on federal, state, and international tax policy.
  • The Internal Revenue Service provides many different Tax Statistics for individual and business taxpayers, tax exempt organizations and more.
  • The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC provides the American people -- and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers -- with comprehensive information about federal staffing, spending, and the enforcement activities of the federal government.
 

Tax resources are available year round at Downtown and Business.

Don't forget to check the Catalog for an up-to-date selection of books, cds and dvds dealing with all aspects of taxation. Choose the Keyword option and use "income tax" as your search terms.

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