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From Flickr User blmurch Tax Season is here, and your hometown libraries are ready to help you find the resources you need to file your taxes. This year, taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Each of the 10 PLS branches is equipped to help you locate, download, and print your federal or state tax forms. Library cardholders may file their taxes online from library computers, but library staff is not trained to answer tax-related questions or work in actual preparation of forms.

Please note:

  • Standard charges for printing or photocopying apply. Black and white prints or copies are $0.15 per page. Color prints or copies are $0.30 per page.
  • Hometown libraries are unable to install personal tax software onto library computers.

Use the following information to find Oklahoma and federal tax forms online and other tax assistance resources:

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Tax Commission has not made state forms available to libraries for distribution this year.

Downloadable copies of Oklahoma tax forms can be found at the Oklahoma Tax Commission Website. Current forms can be found on the Income Tax Forms page.

To download a form:

  1. Click the appropriate category, such as individual or corporate, on the Income Tax Forms page.
  2. The site will redirect you to a menu of downloadable forms.
  3. Select the form that is appropriate for your needs, and click on its name.
  4. The form will open in printable PDF format. Before attempting to view PDF files, be sure you have Adobe Reader on your computer. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader from Adobe's website.

If you choose to complete the form on your computer before printing it out, be sure to print out two copies, as your information will not be saved.

Note: According to the OK Tax Commission, anyone who received a mailed OK tax booklet last year will receive one this year. The IRS tax filing online does not go live until after Jan. 31st, so please do not try to file before that date.

To file electronically, try Oklahoma E-File. If your income is below a certain amount, you may qualify to file electronically free of charge using Free File.

Federal

Downloadable copies of federal tax forms can be found at the Internal Revenue Service website. Current forms can be found on the Forms and Publications page.

To download a form:

  1. Click its number on the Forms and Publications page.
  2. The form will open in printable PDF format. Before attempting to view PDF files, be sure you have Adobe Reader on your computer. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader from Adobe's website.

To file electronically, use IRS E-File. If your income is below a certain amount, you may qualify to file electronically free of charge using Free File.

Each hometown library has a supply of the most requested IRS federal tax forms, but quantities and types are limited.

Visit the IRS website to find a list of free tax preparation sites near you.

Additional Tax Assistance

While your hometown libraries are unable to assist you in filing your tax returns, we can direct you to the expert help you need.

Below is a list of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and AARP Tax Aide locations that are available to help in Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie Counties. For further information, please call these locations directly.

Visit the Oklahoma Tax Commission website for a list of tax assistance organizations to help you file taxes and answer tax related questions.

Cleveland County

Norman Public Library
225 N. Webster Ave
405-701-2620

-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Jan. 29 - April 10
Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
in Computer Training Center

-AARP Tax Aide
Feb. 3 - April 14
Mondays 4:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
in Computer Training Center

Norman Senior Center
329 S. Peters Ave
405-329-4200

-AARP Tax Aide
Feb. 4 - April 10
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By appointment only, must be at least 55 years old, e-file only

Moore Public Library
225 South Howard
405-793-5100

-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Feb. 5 - April 12
Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in Computer Training Center
First-come, first served. Income should be $51,000 or less.

Pottawatomie County

Shawnee Central Oklahoma Community Action Center
108 E Main
405-878-1512

-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Jan. 24 - April 13
Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By appointment only. Income must be $51,000 or less.

In addition to these resources, patrons are also available to access MyFreeTaxes.com for assistance in getting organized and filing their taxes.

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