Tax assistance @ your library

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2010

CHICAGO –Americans can always count on finding ways to save money with the help of their library. This tax season, many public libraries are working to help their patrons do just that - and maybe even get some money back - with programs designed to assist in filing federal and state income taxes.

The San Antonio Public Library is currently assisting its patrons on a variety of levels with its Taxes @ your library Web site. The library provides access to downloadable forms, along with lists of books to help library users file their personal and small business taxes. The library is also participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), where patrons making under $55,000 can have their tax returns filed professionally for free. The program will be hosted at several branches of the library through April 15.

The Kaubisch Memorial Public Library of Fostoria, Ohio, is offering Free tax help @ your library from now through April 15. Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free tax return preparation for people of low-to-middle income and senior citizens. Area residents could pre-register to meet with volunteers and can also pick up tax forms on the spot.

The Granville County (N.C.) Public Library has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Revenue to provide library users with Income tax forms available @ your library. The effort is part of a statewide initiative to help cut spending by providing forms electronically.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.