Tax Forms & Tax Help

Tax forms, a keyboard, a piggybank, and a Vita tax preparation volunteer.

It's Tax Season 

This year's major tax forms are available to download now (see links below). Paper tax forms should be available at libraries starting in mid-February. Appointments for free tax preparation are available now at the sites listed on this page.

Tax forms are due on April 15, 2024.

Last year's due date was extended to October due to disasters. 

Your Federal & California Taxes - Click the Chart to Enter What You Paid Last Year & See What Your Money Paid For

These pie charts are symbolic of the USA & California budgets, but contain no data.

Free Tax Help

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

About VITA Free Volunteer Tax Preparation

Available from February to mid-April every year, to households making up to about $70,000 per year -- as long as your tax situation is not complicated by certain business expenses, married filing separately, or other tax complications listed on this United Way web page (scroll down for the list).

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. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

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

Sponsors include the Library and United Way of the Wine Country, as well as many other local participating groups.

How to Volunteer

VITA in Humboldt County. 

Free Tax Preparation Appointments are Available Now. Trained VITA volunteers are available to help taxpayers file returns for free in Eureka, Arcata, and Fortuna. Here are places accepting appointments now...

Humboldt Senior Resource Center 

(All Ages Welcome)

1910 California St, Eureka, CA 95501

Taxpayers of all ages are welcome to make an appointment at the Senior Center. Appointments are on Tuesdays & Thursdays, during the period from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Call 707-443-9747, then dial extension 1270 to make your appointment. 

Eureka Salvation Army Community Center

2123 Tydd Street, Eureka CA 95501

Appointments are on Saturdays. The Senior Center is making appointments for this site too. Call 707-443-9747, then dial extension 1270 to make your appointment. 

Cal Poly Humboldt

1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521

Appointments are on Wednesday nights, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (no appointments on March 13). Sign up for Cal Poly VITA appointments online here.

Rohner Recreation Hall 

5 Park St , Fortuna, CA 95540 

Call 707-726-9203 for appointments and directions. 

Beware of tax scammers

If you get a call, text, or email that claims to be from the IRS, or from the California Tax Board, don't automatically answer it. Stop and think. 

The IRS does not use email or text to contact you or notify you of problems. Phone calls usually come only after they have first contacted you by U.S. Mail.

Tax officials NEVER ask you to pay them by a gift card, prepaid debit card, cryptocurrency, or wire transfer.  

The IRS won’t call you about a special tax refund and then ask for your private information, but scammers will!

Do not believe a telephone caller who pretends to be the IRS and tries to frighten you into sending money or revealing personal information.  

Was a notice delivered to your door that looks like it's from the IRS and says it's 'in relation to your unclaimed refund'? Don't use the bogus contact info provided. Use the 'Check on an IRS Request' link below instead.

Be wary of any message that tries to rush you into action, even if it comes by U.S. mail. Take steps to check first.

How to Check

If you are asked to give personal or financial details, first check carefully online or by phone and make sure you send them only to real IRS or CA FTB addresses. 

Check on a California Franchise Tax Board Request

Check on an IRS Request

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 other forms are available online and can be printed for you at 10 cents per page, just ask. 

Federal Income Tax Forms

  • IRS 1040 Form
  • IRS 1040-SR Form 
  • IRS 1040 Instruction Book 
  • IRS 1040 Form in Spanish 
  • IRS 1040-SR Form in Spanish
  • IRS 1040 Instruction Book in Spanish 

California  Income Tax Forms

  • CA 540 Booklet (includes forms)
  • CA 540 NR Booklet (includes forms) 
  • CA 540 2-EZ Booklet (includes forms) 
  • CA 540 2-EZ Spanish Booklet (includes forms) 

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.

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

What Is That Letter From the IRS About, Anyway?

How to understand mail from the IRS.

You can put the notice number from your letter in a search box on this Taxpayer Advocate page to find out more about what it means and what to do next.

The notice number can be found on the top right corner or the bottom right corner of the letter.