Arlington Central Library

Welcome to Arlington Central Tax-Aide

We are glad to be back at Arlington Central Library for this tax season. Because of Covid, we will be operating on an appointment-only, drop-off model to keep us all safe.

You should ensure you have received all the necessary tax documents before making an appointment. You will need to obtain and complete a packet before coming in for your interview. All your tax information must be presented to us on paper. Unfortunately, we cannot take tax information from your phone.

We can help with most, but not all tax returns, so be sure to read the list of items on the scope page that we cannot help with.

How Your Tax Return Will be Prepared

On the day of your tax appointment, you must wear a mask, bring your own pen, and review the COVID-19 screening questions. At your intake appointment, a Counselor will review all your documents and conduct an intake interview. During the interview, he will confirm the numbers on your government-issued photo IDs, Social Security cards, ITIN letters, and banking information (if you want direct deposit or debit) and return these documents to you. Upon completion of the interview, you will leave the site and all other tax documents will remain with us at the Arlington Central Library TaxAide site.

After you leave the site, Counselors working on your return will contact you by phone if they have any questions for you. Following completion of your return, a volunteer will call you to tell you when to return to the site to review and sign your return and to retrieve your documents. Please answer calls from unknown numbers during this time. If you do not hear from us within one week, please return between 2 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday (until April 14th) to pick up your completed return or to answer any additional questions we may have for you.

When you return to the site, a Counselor will briefly review a printed copy of your return with you. After approving the return, you and your spouse (if filing jointly) will be asked to sign Form 8879. You will receive the original Form 8879 with your signature, a copy of your tax return, and all of your tax documents prior to leaving the site.

We look forward to serving you this tax season.

Contact us with any questions

General Info Line: 703-829-6192 (Leave your name, phone number and a brief message and one of our counselors will call you back within 24 hours.)

Step 1: Obtain the Forms Packets

Complete a forms packet for each year. For example, to file your taxes for both 2020 and 2021, download and complete 2 packets.

Download and print the main forms packet and the intake packet:

Main Forms Packet : English Español

Intake Packet: English Español

If you are self-employed, had educational expenses, or might like to itemize this year, please also download the appropriate form(s) from the What You Need to Bring page.

(Alternatively, you can pick up the packets from Arlington Central Library during our TaxAide open hours on Tuesday or Thursday until April 14th.)

Step 2: Fill out the Forms Packets

Do your best to fill out the forms completely. If you have problems filling out these forms, get help from a family member or friend.

Step 3: Make an Appointment

No Appointments available

You may call our General Information Line at 703-829-6192.

Step 4: Prepare for Your In-Person Appointment

Before your appointment, please read the following documents:

Covid Screening

Scope Chart

AARP Foundation TaxAide

Arlington Central Library

1015 North Quincy Street

Arlington, VA 22201


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