Obtaining Tax Forms, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, and United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Tax forms at Libraries:
All libraries except the Osprey Library receive a limited number of basic forms and instruction packets in late January or early February.
All libraries have public computers that may be used to print tax forms available from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.
Tax Forms from the IRS:
Current and prior year forms and instructions may be downloaded and printed from the IRS "Forms & Instructions" webpage.
Order forms and publications from the IRS to be sent through the U.S. Mail on the IRS "Order Forms & Publications" webpage.
For questions regarding ordering forms, call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676.
Filing Questions and Assistance from the IRS:
Free filing via the IRS website is found at the IRS "Free File: Do your Federal Taxes for Free" webpage.
Information about assistance by phone and numbers to call is listed on the IRS "Let Us Help You" webpage.
The local IRS office is located at the following address:
5971 Cattleridge Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34232
Hours of operation and information about making an appointment at Florida locations is listed on the IRS "Contact My Local Office in Florida" webpage.
Filing Assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide:
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program offers free tax preparation services for those who can not afford to pay for professional tax preparation. More information about the services offered is found on the Tax-Aide Program's website. To find locations offering AARP Tax-Aide help, use the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator. Call the AARP Foundation at 1-888-687-2277.
Traditionally, several of the Sarasota County Libraries have hosted in-person AARP Tax-Aide sessions from early February until Tax Day, with the schedule finalized by late January. The most accurate, up-to-date schedule is found on the library events calendar by limiting to the "Tax Help" event category.
Filing Assistance from United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA):
As part of the Prosperity Campaigns of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties along with the VITA Programs in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, United Way supports free tax preparation assistance and education regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) at numerous locations throughout the Suncoast region. For more information, including locations and documents required, visit United Way Suncoast's VITA Free Tax Preparation webpage or call 941-366-2686.