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Tax Information

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Tax Assistance

Tax assistance for individuals and families who make under $49,000, and the elderly or disabled is offered at various sites in Allegheny and surrounding counties during tax filing season (generally February 1 through the middle of April).

Options to locate a tax assistance site include:

  • AARP Tax-Aide Site locator
    The AARP Tax-Aide program has IRS certified volunteers who provide free tax counseling and preparation services to millions of low and middle income taxpayers, especially those ages 60 and older. Enter your zipcode and receive location addresses, schedules, and other contact information.
  • United Way: Tax Site Locations
    Use the link above and/or call the United Way Help Line, 211 or tollfree 888-553-5778, to find a tax help site based on your zipcode. Provides a detailed listing of the area's sites including Downtown, East Liberty, Oakland, North Side and South Side.

City of Pittsburgh tax assistance sites include:

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hill District Branch (2177 Center Ave., 15219)
    VITA site operates Sat., Feb. 7, 14 & 28; Mar. 14 & 28; Apr. 4 & 11; 10:30 am - 2:15 pm.
    Additional help with Property Tax/Rent Rebate on Sat., Mar. 14 & 28 and Apr. 4 & 11 at 3 and 3:30 pm. By appointment; 412 281-3753.
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood Branch (7101 Hamilton Ave., 15208)
    VITA site operates Sat., Feb. 14 - Apr. 4; 11 am - 2 pm. By appointment; 412 731-3080.
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Branch (5801 Forbes Ave., 15217)
    AARP site operates Feb. 3 - Apr. 14; Tues., Thurs. 12 pm - 3 pm, and Sat. 10 am - 3 pm. By appointment, call after Jan. 20; 412 422-9650.
  • City County Building (Ross Street side, 2nd floor)
    Volunteers complete federal and state returns as well as PACE and Property Tax/Rent Rebate; City of Pittsburgh employees complete city tax returns; operates Feb. 3 - Apr. 15; Mon.- Fri., 8 am - 3 pm (no returns started after 2:15 pm); first come first served, walk-ins only.
  • Chamber of Commerce Building(411 7th Ave. Room 42)
    PA Dept. of Revenue employees complete state returns and Property Tax/Rent Rebates; Mon. - Fri. 8:30 am - 4 pm; walk-ins only.

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    Tax Forms

    Starting in 2015, the federal tax forms outlet program (TFOP) will provide a limited number of forms only, no instructions or publications, to its library partners.

  • All locations of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue to provide access to downloadable and/or reproducible federal tax forms.
    There are 3 ways to secure instructions and extra forms:

    • Call 1-800-829-3676 and receive through the mail.
    • Order online at and receive through the mail.
    • Download at to print or save.
    • Publication 17 is available as an epub in addition to the pdf file. This is the first place to look for answers to common tax questions.

    • Pennsylvania and City of Pittsburgh forms (downloaded from Jordan Tax Service) and instructions will be available at Downtown & Business. For availability of forms at other library locations or for forms for other municipalities please contact your library.

        United States - Federal Taxes

        At 1040 Central find what you need to file your federal taxes:

        Useful Hotline numbers to order federal forms and get tax help:

        Useful Hotline numbers for PA state forms and tax help:

        • 1-888-728-2937  -  PA Tax Fact and Information Line (automated) - check status of return; order forms and publications
        • 1-717-787-8201  -  PA personal income tax questions
        • 1-717-787-1064  -  PA business tax questions

        Local Taxes


        Related Tax Links

        • Tax and Accounting Sites Directory is a comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources. The directory is designed to be a starting point for people who are searching for tax and accounting information, products, and services.
        • Tax Analysts Tax History Project is a website that traces the history of American taxation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering open debate on federal, state, and international tax policy.
        • The Internal Revenue Service provides many different Tax Statistics for individual and business taxpayers, tax exempt organizations and more.
        • The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC provides the American people -- and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers -- with comprehensive information about federal staffing, spending, and the enforcement activities of the federal government.

        Tax resources are available year round at Downtown and Business.

        Don't forget to check the Catalog for an up-to-date selection of books, cds and dvds dealing with all aspects of taxation. Choose the Keyword option and use "income tax" as your search terms.