Tax Information

Tax filing season is underway.  2017 tax returns are due Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Tax Forms    |     Library & Taxes    |    Phone Help    |    Tax Preparation Help     |     Other Tax Services

PLEASE NOTE: The IRS has reduced the amount of printed tax forms and publications available to public libraries nationwide. The State of Ohio has eliminated all print tax forms.  As a result, a limited amount of printed tax materials will be available in our branches for our customers.  Library staff can assist you in locating tax materials. We cannot, however, provide you with tax advice. 

Federal Tax Forms

FREE OPTIONS to obtain tax products, tax preparation, and help with filing tax returns include:

  • Go to Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail and request that forms be mailed to your home
  • Download Forms and Instructions from IRS.gov/orderforms. You may use your daily print allowance of up to 5 free black+white pages per day to print tax forms at your local CCPL branch
  • Call the IRS toll-free at 1.800.829.3676 to order tax products to be delivered to your home by mail. This service is available 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal Holidays.  Note: IRS call centers will be closed during the Government Shut-down.
  • Visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center, participating libraries and U.S. Post Offices. See below for Cleveland office
  • Income under about $54,000 or persons with disabilities: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA free tax preparation & eFiling.
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly TCE[60+]: free tax counseling, basic income tax preparation (see VITA/TCE Locator Tool; enter zip code)
  • Free tax software for online forms and eFiling (income $66,000 or less) or free fillable forms (income over $66,000) at IRS Free File
  • Tax Help from AARP for low-to-moderate income taxpayers - especially those 60+ up [AARP Tax Aid Locator]

Links below access online tax forms:

Federal Taxes

e-file
       The IRS does not automatically send out paper tax forms.  Choices include...
            •   Free File (and Fillable Forms)
            •   e-file options (Commercial Software)
            •   authorized e-file providers

Check out the FREE mobile app at IRS2Go
Filing online? Check out these reviews of the leading online tax services. (updated 12/18/15)

OHIO Department of Taxation

  • Forms (includes popular forms, and Search Box  (Click on the Search button for browsable list)
  • To order forms by phone (24/7) call 1-800-282-1782 (available the 3rd week of January 2017)

RITA (Regional) Taxes

   Select Individual  from Tax Information column then find the form you need under Individual Forms+Instructions (ex.-Form 37).

PARMA Taxes

   eFile or Download Parma 1040 and download Direction Guide

CLEVELAND Taxes 

    from the Central Collection Agency: CCA Tax Forms page  (Print Only and  Interactive formats)

More Tax Forms

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TAXES and OUR LIBRARY

Below are the forms that should be available now at your local branch. Please call your local branch to check availability of IRS-delivered tax forms; replacements are not always sent by IRS when the forms run out. Links are included for forms accessible online.

For your convenience, the following forms are being prepared by the Library as a service to the people in our communities. Check with branch staff for current availability. More extensive documents (over 20 pages) include a $1.00 fee per item.
         NOTE: The nominal fee for tax documents of 20+ pages helps cover a portion of the Library's printing costs.

IRS forms

  • 1040 free
    • 1040 Instructions  – $1.00 fee (107 pages)
  • 1040EZ free
    • 1040EZ Instructions  – $1.00 fee (46 pages)
  • 1040A free
    • 1040A Instructions  – $1.00 fee (92 pages)
  • 1040ES free
  • 1040 Schedules
    • 1040 Schedule A and Instructions - free  (itemized deductions)
    • 1040 Schedule B and Instructions - free   (interest & dividends)
    • 1040 Schedule C and Instructions - free  (profit or loss from buisness)
    • 1040 Schedule D and Instructions - free    (capital gains & losses) 
    • 1040 Schedule SE and Instructions - free   (self-employment)
  • IRS Publications
    • Publication 501 (Exemptions, Standard Deducitons & Filing Info)  – $1.00 fee (30 pages)
    • Publication 529 (miscellaneous deductions)   – $1.00 fee (22 pages)  
    • Publication 596 (Earned Income Credit)   – $1.00 fee (41 pages)  

OHIO FORMS

  • Ohio 1040  – free
  • Ohio 1040 ES
  • Ohio 1040 Instructions  – $1.00 fee (56 pages)  
  • Schedule A (Income Adjustments)
  • Schedule J (Dependents Claimed)
  • Ohio IT 40P – Reasons & Explanation of Corrections
  • Ohio IT 40XP
  • 2015 Ohio IT RE – Reasons & Explanation of Corrections

RITA FORMS

  • RITA Form 37  – free
  • RITA Form 37 Instructions  – free        

Tax Help from AARP at our Library:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially 60+up. Set up appointment (required) at branch during regular library hours. 

Tax Preparation Assistance

Free Tax-prep Clinics

Walk-in clinics and appointments. See 211 website for details on necessary documentation.  Income limit for eligibility is $66,000.  

IRS Telephone Assistance

Best times to call = 8:00 a.m. and  3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Note: IRS call centers will be closed during the Government Shut-down.
  • Tax information & notices1.800.829.1040
    (Making Work Pay tax credits+new tax legislation, refunds: press "0" to talk to person)
  • Tax information & notices (business):  1.800.829.4933
  • Taxpayer Advocate Helpline: 1.877.777.4778
    Service of IRS  for unresolved tax problems or hardships
  • Forms & Publication Orders: 1.800.829.3676
    Request print forms or form downloads
  • TDD Equipment: 1.800.829.4059   

Tax Services

Federal Tax Preparation Assistance

IRS Free Tax Return Preparation by Volunteers:  (VITA for all, TCE for elderly)
Qualifications: $66,000/year or less income, elderly or disabled or have limited English. 

IRS free tax help locator: 1.800.906.9887

e-file with FREE FILE
If your income is $62,000 or less, one option is to use Free Filesoftware for free tax preparation and free e-filing.

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center
1240 E. 9th St., Cleveland -
  • All TACs (Tax Assistance Centers) now operate by appointment only.
  • Call 844-545-5640 to schedule an appointment; see IRS Services Provided for what kind of help is available
  • Office hours M-F 8:30-4:30

Ohio Benefit Bank

File Your Taxes for Free and Keep Your Whole Refund! 
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) is an Internet service that is available for Ohioans who are in need of help. Go to the  OBB website for a self-serve filing program (first step is registering online) or to find a local site. The OBB project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. For further information, call the OBB hotline at 1-800-648-1176.

Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition

Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit for income earned in 2017?
The Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition is a local group that is funded by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners that does free income tax preparation for anyone who qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit available to working adults. By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the EITC before mid-February, anticipating refunds starting February 27, 2018. The Earned Income Tax Credit is available to workers who worked but earned less than $48,340 (that's for a couple filing jointly with three kids) in 2017. Tax Prep Services through the coalition will be available at various locations.  Check the RefundOhio.org website for local or online tax help. The coalition also offers a File for Free Online option.