2021 Tax Forms, Instructions, and Information

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Tax Season 2021

Filing Dates:

The tax season official start date is January 24.

The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns is April 18th.

  • Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before the start of tax season and will then submit the returns when IRS systems open. Taxpayers can visit IRS.Gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2021 tax return.
  • The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds. As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.

Important note from the IRS: The IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February.

AARP Tax Assistance at the Library

OCLS will once again be partnering with AARP to provide tax assistance. This year, AARP volunteers will be available, by appointment only at select locations, to provide free income tax help. 

Customers will need to make an online appointment through the AARP website: http://www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide. The appointment scheduling site should be live by mid to late January and walk-ins will not be accommodated. The Library is not involved in scheduling appointments.   

AARP Volunteers will be at the following locations:
•    South East Branch- Mondays and Thursdays, February 3 - April 14, 10 AM - 2 PM
•    South Creek Branch- Wednesdays and Thursdays, February 2 - April 14, 10 AM - 2 PM
•    West Oaks Branch- Tuesdays and Fridays, February 1 - April 15, 10 AM - 2 PM

For information customers may visit: www.aarp.org/taxaide 

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