Tax Forms & Tax Help

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

The deadline to file your taxes this year is May 15, 2023.

The deadline for California state income tax returns has been extended to May 15, along with the federal tax filing deadline.

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 here. Property tax relief may be available to those whose homes suffered earthquake damage.

See the latest news about how to protect yourself against identity theft at tax time, with this new English language ID theft video, or the Spanish language ID theft video.

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 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.

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 - On Order

California  Income Tax Forms

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

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.

Beware of tax scammers

The IRS doesn't ask you to send money by a gift card, prepaid debit card, or wire transfer. Do not believe a robocall that says taxes are no longer being collected and any back taxes are forgiven. Do not believe a telephone caller who pretends to be the IRS and tries to frighten you into sending money or revealing personal information.  Be wary of email as well, especially email with links to click or with a message that 'you must act now'. The IRS won’t call you about a special tax refund or Economic Impact Payment, and then ask for your private information, but scammers will! 

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.

What Your Federal & California Taxes Pay For - Enter What You Paid Last Year & See What Your Money Paid For

Pie Charts of Federal Spending and Revenue