Tax Assistance

Madison Public Library partners with other agencies in the community to provide tax assistance. See below to find information about getting free tax assistance at your neighborhood library or to find information about DIY tax resources.

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Central Library - 201 W Mifflin St

Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 266-6350 to make an appointment (required). Some situations are outside the scope of the service-- ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2016 to use this service.
**We will begin taking appointments on January 18th for the 1/28 and 2/11 tax help dates. We will take appointments for the rest of the dates (2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8) on February 6th.**

watch Note: only the next five dates are listed. Please visit the Central Calendar or call 266-6350 to find other dates.

REQUIRED by the IRS: An actual (no xeroxes) social security card OR medicare card OR VA medical card for you, your spouse (if a joint return is filed) and all dependents are required to use the VITA tax filing service.​ If needed, access information on getting a replacement social security card before scheduling a tax filing appointment. You must fill out a form and either take it to the Madison Social Security office or mail it there so that you'll have it in time for your appointment.

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Lakeview Library - 2845 N Sherman Ave

By appointment only. Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Call 246-4547 to reserve a half-hour appointment.

Note: only the next five dates are listed. Please visit the Lakeview Calendar or call 246-4547 to find other dates.

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Pinney Library - 204 Cottage Grove Rd

By appointment only. Free assistance from AARP volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Call 224-7100 to reserve a half-hour appointment. Availability is limited. Please note that preparers cannot assist with preparing Schedule C, E, F, or Married Filing Separate returns.

Note: only the next five dates are listed. Please visit the Pinney Calendar or call 224-7100 to find other dates.

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Sequoya Library - 4340 Tokay Blvd

Appointment required. Please call 266-6385 to set up an appointment. Free service is geared toward people 60+ with low or moderate incomes, but all are welcome. Details on which types of returns qualify can be found on the Department of Revenue web site.

Note: only the next five dates are listed. Please visit the Sequoya Calendar or call 266-6385 to find other dates.

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Financial Education Center (near Goodman South)

The Financial Education Center in The Villager, 2300 S Park St, Ste 101, (next to our Goodman South Madison Library) offers free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Walk-ins only. Spanish translators available. Hours begin January 30, last session is April 15. For more information, please call the Financial Education Center directly at 283-1261, 224-3722, or read their brochure.

  • Mondays, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Wednesdays, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Saturdays, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Selected Resources


All you need to know about electronic filing from the State of Wisconsin.


The official source of IRS tax forms and publications.


During the summer and fall, questions should only be directed to the Rimrock Road location.


Forms provided by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Do It Yourself

Madison Public Library has lots of do-it-yourself tax resources for preparing and filing personal income tax and business taxes. Check LINKcat for all titles or check out these recently acquired titles: