The East 38th Street Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library will offer free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a combined income of $66,000 or less. These services are available through April 11 by appointment at the branch on Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Patrons who are interested in taking advantage of these services can schedule an appointment by stopping by the branch or calling 317-275-4352. Guests are asked to pick up an intake packet from the branch before their appointment. The packet includes information on what to bring to the appointment and a permission form that lets the volunteers take their information to complete their taxes.
“When patrons come to their appointment, they meet with volunteers for half an hour or less to ask questions. We can make sure the volunteers have everything they need,” said Joanna Conrad, public services librarian at the East 38 Street Branch. “Volunteers contact them when their taxes are complete, making the process quick and easy for members of the community who need these services the most.”
Tax Prep services are made available by Indy Free Tax Prep, a network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites administered by the United Way of Central Indiana in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service. Other locations offering free tax prep services in Marion county include John H. Boner Community Center, Holy Angels Catholic Church, and Shepherd Community Center.
In addition, all IndyPL branches will print limited quantities of federal, state, and county tax forms for patrons free of charge for patrons. Some branch locations, including our Garfield Park Branch, are offering classes on how to locate, print, and find resources to help prepare and fill out taxes.
Each year, thousands of Central Indiana residents pay unnecessarily to file their taxes, without knowing they may be eligible for free filing. The Indy Free Tax Prep program can ease the financial burden of the tax preparation process and ensure that those within the income eligibility limit receive their full tax refund.