Tax Forms & Tax Help

Tax forms, tax links, VITA tax assistance... it's that time again.

The deadline to file income taxes this year is now extended to October 16, 2023.

The deadline for California state income tax returns was first extended to May 15, along with the federal tax filing deadline. Now, for residents of Humboldt and other counties in official Disaster Areas this year, you may have until October to file. Read the IRS notice about the new October filing date here.  It's still a good idea to file as early as you can to avoid identity theft and other tax scams.

What about Payment?

This year, Humboldt residents who are filing late can also wait to pay until the October deadline, especially if they owe less than $1000 to the IRS and less than $500 to California. If you owe more, you may have to pay interest to make up for the amount the Feds and State would have gained on a normal April payment. If it's going to be hard to pay, the IRS has options including payment plans here.

Middle Class Tax Refund

If you received a 'Middle Class Tax Refund' from the State of California or a Disaster Relief Payment this year, you do not have to pay IRS taxes on that refund. See the IRS notice about the Middle Class Tax Refund here.

Storm Disaster Damage, FEMA-4683-DR

If you suffered damage due to storm disaster this winter, you may be able to claim your losses on your California income tax return. More information about claiming a storm disaster loss on your state taxes here. Property tax relief may be available to those whose homes suffered earthquake damage. The IRS also offers federal storm disaster tax relief, and some important details are in the IRS notice about October filing date linked above.

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Learn ways to be ready, or ways to reconstruct lost documents, from the IRS.

Get Paper Tax Forms From the Library

The forms below are typically available, free, from mid-February through May. We keep a few for longer, so if you are doing late (or last year's) taxes, it's always worth asking. Most forms are available online and can be printed for you at 10 cents per page, just ask. Forms listed below may be at your nearest branch soon after they arrive at the Main Library.

IRS Federal Income Tax Forms

  • IRS 1040 Form  - In stock at the Main Library
  • IRS 1040-SR Form - In stock at the Main Library
  • IRS 1040 Instruction Book  -  in stock at the Main Library
  • IRS 1040 Form in Spanish - in stock at the Main Library
  • IRS 1040 -SR Form in Spanish - in stock at the Main Library
  • IRS 1040 Instruction Book in Spanish - in stock at the Main Library

California  Income Tax Forms

  • CA 540 Booklet (includes forms) -  in stock at the Main Library
  • CA 540 NR Booklet (includes forms) - in stock at the Main Library
  • CA 540 2-EZ Booklet (includes forms) -  in stock at the Main Library
  • CA 540 2-EZ Spanish Booklet (includes forms) - in stock at the Main Library

If you need other forms, you can ask us to print them at your local library branch. The cost to print them is 10 cents a page.

Free Tax Help

Getting a little tax help can put money back in your piggie bank!


In-person appointments are available this year, not in the library but at several other locations. Masks are required, and you must sign up in advance. VITA sites are open only until the normal April 15 deadline.

  • VITA at Humboldt Senior Resource Center

  • 1910 California Street, Eureka, CA 95501
  • 707-443-9747
  • All ages welcome

  • VITA at Salvation Army

  • 2123 Tydd Street, Eureka, CA 95501
  • 707-441-1001

  • VITA at Rohner Recreation Hall 

  • 5 Park Street, Fortuna, CA 95540
  • 707-726-9203

  • VITA at Cal Poly Humboldt 

  • School of Business, Siemens Hall 119
  • 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521
  • Wednesday Nights only, by appointment.
  • Sign up & find out more here.

About VITA Free Volunteer Tax Preparation

Volunteer tax preparers go through a thorough training provided by the IRS. Then, they give their time to help neighbors and community members file taxes correctly, and get any tax credits they are eligible for.

This program keeps millions of locally earned dollars in the hands of Humboldt County residents, and in our local economy.

Sponsors include 211 Humboldt, the Redwood Action Agency, and United Way of the Wine Country, as well as many other local participating groups.
A steaming cup of tea, or perhaps coffee.

Do You Need to Change Your Withholding?

Make sure your employer withholds the right amount for next year.  While you have your tax information in hand, you may wish to visit the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator.

It can be hard to understand what the IRS is trying to tell you.

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