Tax Time is Here!

2019 state and federal income taxes are due April 15, 2020 and the library can make your tax experience a little bit easier. Tax forms are available at many libraries. Check with your local library to see if they have the form you need. Both New York State and Federal forms and instructions are available online (see below). The Business Insight Center of the Central Library also has Federal and New York State tax forms and instructions for prior years. Some of these are in a format that can be photocopied. Many tax forms for other states can be found online. Click here for more information.

Federal Tax Returns

Which Form Should I Use?
IRS Online Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications
IRS Online Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications for Previous Years
Where to File Federal Returns
Internal Revenue Service

Need Help?
IRS office in Rochester
255 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
585-269-7307 (this phone is not answered–it provides an informational message only)
Click here for more information.

New York State Tax Returns

Which Form Should I Use?
NYS Online Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications
NYS Online Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications for Previous Years
Where to File NYS Returns
New York State Dept. of Taxation

Need Help?
Personal Income Tax Refund Info – 518-457-5149
Personal Income Tax Info Center – 518-457-5181
Family Tax Relief Credit – 518-485-1057


Free Tax Filing Assistance at the Central Library

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) Tax Assistance Program will be at the Central Library on Wednesdays, January 29 – April 15 from 10 am-6 pm on the 4th floor in the Business Insight Center. This is a free self-preparation service and the NYS DTF FSA Tax Assistance staff are there to provide help and answer questions in order to guide a person through the online process of filing their 2019 individual income taxes.

What you need to know:

What you need to bring:

You must have an active, valid e-mail address.


Free Tax Preparation in Monroe County

The CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Coalition operates free tax preparation in Monroe County. IRS Certified Volunteers prepare and electronically file federal and NYS tax returns for income-eligible persons and families. Click here to view eligibility requirements.

CASH will be located at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. For hours of operation click here. For more information about CASH services, call 585-242-6485 or visit the CASH website.

Tax Guides

General income tax guides : J. K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax; Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals (IRS publication 17).

Professional tax guides (reference only): Commerce Clearing House Federal Tax Guide; Commerce Clearing House State Tax Guide; Commerce Clearing House State Tax Reporter – New York.

These resources are available in the Business Insight Center of the Central Library.

Please Note: Library staff cannot provide tax help or advice but will be happy to help you locate tax forms in paper and online and find local tax assistance.

Tax Websites