Information Guide for the 2016 Tax Year

In January 2017, the Escondido Public Library will have limited copies of paper Federal and State tax forms including: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ Federal forms and 540 and 540 2EZ California State forms.  Paper instruction booklets will be in limited supply. One copy of Publication 17, which includes specialized instructions for filing federal taxes, will be available for in-Library use at the Adult Information Desk. Your BEST option for getting paper forms quickly is to print them from the Federal IRS or California state tax form web sites.  Library staff can assist with printing tax forms, but not instruction booklets, at a cost of $0.15 per page.

Use these links to check if you need to file a Federal tax return or a California state tax return

Tax Assistance

Assistance with tax preparation is provided at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer sites for low-to-moderate income taxpayers regardless of age.  TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) volunteer sites devote special attention to those taxpayers 60 years of age or older.  Click VITA-TCE for more details and locations.

The AARP Tax Assistance program also can provide tax preparation assistance.  Call 888-687-2277.


How to Order Paper Tax Forms and Instructions

Order federal tax forms and instructions, mailed to you from the IRS:

     Phone 1-800-829-3676

     Order online from the IRS

Order California state tax forms and instructions, mailed to you from the State of California Franchise Tax Board:

     Phone 1-800.338.0505

     Online online from the CA Tax Board

     More information about ordering California paper forms.


Need Help From the IRS?

     By telephone

     Face-to-face at a local office

     Local taxpayer advocate service is available if you have an ongoing issue with the IRS that has not been resolved through normal processes, or you have suffered, or are about to suffer a significant hardship/economic burden as a result of the administration of the tax laws. 

Get help from the State of California via Taxpayer Assistance

Where can I get other US state tax forms?

     Click to find tax forms for other US states


Popular Tax Forms

You can find 2016 forms and tax tables online. Below are links to some of the most commonly requested forms.

Federal (IRS):

Find all the IRS forms at their main forms page. You may also find the IRS’ 1040 Central page useful, as it answers some common questions related to personal income tax returns.

Forms can also be ordered via US Mail through this online form.

1040: Form  | Instructions

1040-A: Form | Instructions 

1040-EZ: Form | Instructions

4868 (Automatic Extension of Time to File): Form 

1040 Schedules

Schedule A: Itemized Deductions
Form  | Instructions

Schedule B: Interest & Ordinary Dividends

Schedule C: Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship)
 Form | Instructions

Schedule D: Capital Gains & Losses
Form | Instructions 

Publication 17: Tax Guide for Individuals

2016 Tax Tables IRS  


State (California):

Find all the California forms at their central forms page.

540: Form | Instructions

540 2EZ: Form | Instructions

540 ES Estimated Tax for IndividualsForm  | Instructions 

2016 CA Tax Table 

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