Are you ready for tax season this year? Your local St. Tammany Parish Library branch will have free paper 1040 tax forms and information about other free online and local services that are available to make filing inexpensive and easy. If you would like more information about the tax resources that the library provides or if you would like to learn about other local resources for filing your taxes, please visit or call your nearest reference librarian.
Not sure if you need to file taxes? There are several factors that affect whether or not you will need to file a tax return, including your age, gross income, and filing status. You likely have to file a 2023 return if you are under 65, earned at least $12,950 in 2023, and file single. There are benefits to filing your taxes even if your income falls below these thresholds. You may be eligible for tax credits that entitle you to a refund. Tax filing is also an important way to verify your income if you are applying for Federal Student Aid, social security, or a loan from a bank or credit union. Click HERE for more details from the IRS.
AARP at the Library
The AARP will be available to assist patrons with their taxes at the Madisonville and Covington library branches. Appointments must be made through COAST by calling (985) 892-0377.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance with several preparation options now through April 15. To find what is available in your location, use the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Site Locator.
IRS Free File
IRS Free File lets qualified taxpayers (if your adjusted gross income was $79,000 or less in 2023) use free tax software to prepare and e-file their tax returns online using guided tax preparation software. It’s safe, easy and no cost to you. Earned more? Individual tax filers, regardless of income, can use IRS Free File to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension. Those who don’t qualify for Free File can use Free File Fillable Forms.
IRS Free File Fillable Forms
The IRS offers electronic versions of IRS paper forms that can also be e-filed for free. Free File Fillable Forms is best for people experienced in preparing their own tax returns. There are no income limitations. Free File Fillable Forms does basic math calculations. It supports only federal tax forms.
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free tax help to individuals, families, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Visit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s website for more information.
The MyFreeTaxes Helpline is staffed by specialists who have completed IRS VITA program training and certification. Its call specialists are available to answer questions about MyFreeTaxes, help you troubleshoot issues you may face while using the tax filing software they connect you to, and answer certain tax questions you have while completing your return through MyFreeTaxes. Filers can prepare one federal and up to 3 state returns through this program.
Louisiana State Tax Forms
As an individual, you have three options to file your Louisiana state taxes:
- File online using the Department’s e-file application to reduce long delays and eliminate postage. Using Louisiana File Online and direct deposit, you can receive your refund within 30 days.
Download a PDF version of the return and instructions from the department's website.
You will need to print and mail your finished return to the department.
Processing time for paper returns will be 8 weeks from the date the return was mailed.
Request an Individual Income Tax Return Booklet to be mailed to your home address. Mailed booklets are identical to the PDF version (Option 2). You will need to mail your finished return to the department. Processing time for paper returns will be 8 weeks from the date the return was mailed.
Can’t find the form you need? If you know the form number, then a Reference Librarian may be able to help you print it for free.