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Getting Tax Forms

Federal Forms

Choosing Which Form to File

IRS Tax Forms Search

Federal Tax Forms from the Library:

If you need some of the most common Federal tax forms, the Library may be able to provide them. You may call ahead to find out which forms are currently available.

If the Library does not have the forms you need, or you can not find the correct forms online, the Library may be able to assist you in obtaining the forms. For such assistance, please come into the Library and inquire at the Reference Desk during regular Library hours.

Federal Forms in Accessible Formats

The Internal Revenue Service offers content in a variety of file formats to accommodate people who use assistive technology such as screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software.

They have prepared hundreds of tax forms and publications that can be downloaded or viewed online in text-only, Braille ready files, browser-friendly HTML, accessible PDF, and large print.

There are even instructional and help videos in American Sign Language:
ASL videos

IRS Accessible Forms & Publications

State Tax Forms Online:

The Library DOES NOT have any state tax forms.

State tax forms are available only through your tax preparer or online:

Rhode Island Tax Forms
Massachusetts Tax Forms
Connecticut Tax Forms

Order Tax Forms

You can order tax forms online or by phone and have them sent to you by mail.

Federal: 1-800-829-3676
IRS Order Forms

RI State: 1-401-574-8970

 Tax Time Help for Tax Year 2017

Tax Filing Deadline 2018
April 17th, 2018

File Your Taxes for FREE!

IRS Free File

e-File Options

IRS Filing Information Page

Filing electronically is the easiest way to complete and file an accurate tax return. The software guides individuals and tax preparers through the process and does all the math.

IRS Free File is available for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less. See if you qualify!

Note: Taxpayers now may use their smart phones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File. The IRS2Go app is available for Android and iOS devices. Use the Free File Software LookupTool tool to determine what Free File software is available for you.

If you need assistance filing your tax return, click HERE.

Your Taxes and the Affordable Health Care Act

The Act requires that you and each member of your family have qualifying health insurance, a health coverage exemption, or make a payment when you file your income tax.

Find out more here: Affordable Care Act Information

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers

These are your one-stop resource for face-to-face tax help and solutions to tax problems:

RI Division of Taxation Contact Information
MA Department of Revenue Contact Informaton
CT Department of Revenue Contact Information

Tax Preparation Help Online:

Find Authorized IRS Tax Preparers in your area.

Free Tax Prep Help for qualified individuals.

Online tax assistance is available through the American Association of Retired People (AARP) Tax-Aide Site. This site has lots of useful tax information, as well as links to other reputable tax sites which may be of assistance.

Tax Preparation Help by Telephone:

The IRS's Help Line: 800-829-1040
TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059
IRS Telephone Assistance

RI State Tax Office: Contact Information
The RI State Income Tax Assistance Line:
401-574-8829, Option #3

Tax Preparation Help In Person:

American Association of Retired People (AARP)

The AARP Tax-Aide Program is available February 1 - April 15 each year. During the off-season, their program continues to provide on-line tax counseling and trains volunteers for the upcoming season.

VITA and TCE Volunteer Programs

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Generally for low-income individuals, and those who don't speak English well.

Find a provider near you here: VITA / TCE Locator

More Tax Help: Disputes & Other Matters

Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommends changes that will prevent the problems. If you are experiencing economic harm or seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service assistance. Your assigned Case Advocate will listen to your point of view and will work with you to address your concerns.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics
Audits, appeals, collection issues

If you are a low income taxpayer who cannot afford professional tax assistance during audits of your federal income tax return, you may qualify for help from Low Income Taxpayer Clinics or other organizations that provide free assistance in tax disputes. Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITCs) represent low income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in audit, appeals, and collection issues, for free or for a nominal charge.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) in Rhode Island.



Tax Filing Deadline, April 17th— but you can get an extension!

Tax Filing Extensions

Need more time to prepare your federal and state tax returns? You can apply for a tax filing extension!


For information on how to apply for an extension of time to file your FEDERAL tax form, go to the IRS Extension-of-Time-to-File Page so you can avoid paying any late filing penalties.


You may need to notify your State Tax Office if you want the federal extension to cover filing of your state income tax. Be sure to check your state's requirements:

State of Rhode Island Extension of Time to File Instructions.

State of Massachusetts Extension of Time to File Instructions.

State of Connecticut Extension of Time to File Instructions.