Tax Help 2022

FVRLibraries locations receive and make available a limited number of tax forms from the IRS. You can also find tax forms through the IRS and Washington and Oregon Departments of Revenue through the links on this page.

A few organizations will be offering appointment-only free tax help in our communities. See the options for your area below.

Clark County

AARP Tax-Aide (special attention to taxpayers 60+)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 1 through April 16.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

AARP plans to offer senior-focused TCE service—with special attention to those aged 60 or older—at Vancouver Community Library, Cascade Park Community Library, Marshall/Luepke Center, and Vancouver United Church of Christ.

Eligibility

The AARP Tax-Aide program, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, provides free income tax assistance to all eligible taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older.

Volunteers will assist in preparing basic federal and Oregon tax forms for personal tax returns. They can assist with most of your everyday tax situations including Affordable Care Act forms, Health Savings Account forms, and filing for Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credit.

However, volunteers cannot help you if you:

  • Have a business with employees, inventory, net loss, or expenses over $35,000, or have income from a hobby
  • Want to file Married Filing Separately
  • Have rental income from land with a structure
  • Are filing a Part-Year Oregon return (we file Non-resident and Full-Year Resident Oregon returns only)

There are other complicated tax situations that may be beyond the scope of the AARP volunteers. You may want to seek tax advice from a paid tax professional.

Tax returns are electronically filed as a free service by Tax-Aide.

Locations

Cascade Park Community Library
Wed/Thurs - 11:00-4:00, Saturdays 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9 - 11:00-4:00
600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Marshall/Luepke Center
Thurs/Fri - 11:00-4:00
1009 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA

Vancouver Community Library
Mon/Sat - 11:00-4:00
901 C St, Vancouver, WA
Limited Spanish-language assistance will be available at this location.
Note: This location will be closed Monday, February 21.

Vancouver United Church of Christ
Tues/Fri - 11:00-4:00
1220 NE 68th St, Vancouver, WA

Appointments

  • Appointments must be made online at the Tax-Aide website.
  • Appointments are being released in rolling 2-week blocks on Sundays.
  • Important: Once you have made an appointment, you must pick up an instruction packet from any Clark or Skamania County FVRLibraries location or from Marshall/Luepke Center and complete all forms before your appointment.

How to make an appointment for free tax preparation with AARP:

  1. To find a Tax-Aide site near you, navigate to the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator at the AARP Tax-Aide site and complete the following actions:
  2. Click "Locate Sites Near Me." A map will display and prompt you to provide address information. Select "Change location" to clear the current map location.
  3. Enter geographical information such as zip code, county, or city and state and click "Search."
  4. Scroll down the page to view the site details and schedule.
  5. Choose your preferred Tax-Aide Site location and click the "More details" button.
  6. View the site information, and select the "Register" button.
  7. A pop-up window will appear. Click "Continue."
  8. Select "Make an appointment" and use the calendar icon to select a date. Appointments are released in 2-week blocks, so if no appointments are displayed, either try a different date or check back later.
  9. Select the date and time that is convenient for you, then scroll down and click the "Make appointment" button.
  10. Enter your information in all of the fields listed. You must supply a valid email address so that you can receive your appointment confirmation and an appointment reminder.
  11. You may choose to select/clear “Please keep in touch with me by email about AARP Foundation activities” to receive AARP Foundation information.
  12. Click "Review Appointment" and double-check all of your information.
  13. Click "Confirm Information." You will then be assigned an appointment reference number which you should record in case you need to change your appointment.
  14. You will receive a confirmation by email of the date and time of your appointment, along with links to documents you need to complete and bring to the site and other information that will be helpful to you.
  15. You will also receive reminder emails prior to your appointment.

Appointments will be available in 2-week blocks to allow sites to adjust to volunteer availability and any changes in CDC health guidelines. If no appointments are available, please revisit the site after a few days. AARP will not be able to collect information for a wait list. You will need to check back for any new appointment availability.

VITA Tax Assistance (lower-income households)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 1 through April 16.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

Volunteers from Ren Locus and WSU will offer VITA service—with a focus on lower-income households—at Battle Ground Community Library and Salmon Creek Church.

Eligibility

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally make $58,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

Find more information about VITA service.

Locations

Salmon Creek Church
Tues/Thurs 6-9 pm
12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA

Battle Ground Community Library
Sat 10-4 pm
1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA

Appointments

Appointments must be made in advance either online at the Ren Locus site or by calling 360-230-8030. Language interpreters will be available if requested.

Please visit the IRS website for the complete list of what to bring to your appointment.

Printable flyers

Note: As of March 8, all Stevenson Community Library appointments are booked for the remainder of the season.

Clark and Skamania Counties Free Tax Help (English) (PDF)

Condados de Clark y Skamania Ayuda Fiscal Gratuita (español) (PDF)

Skamania County

  • All Stevenson Community Library appointments are booked for the remainder of tax season.
  • No walk-ins.
  • Check Clark County and Klickitat County information for other options.

Klickitat County

Gorge Tax-Aide (updated 2/8/22)

· All returns will be prepared by appointment only from February 14 through April 18.
· No walk-ins.
· Masks are required for service.

Gorge Tax-Aide plans to offer senior-focused TCE service – with special attention to those aged 60 or older, and VITA service – with a focus on lower-income households, at Hood River Public Library, Hood River Valley Adult Center, The Dalles Mid-Columbia Senior Center, Tygh Valley, and White Salmon Senior Services (Pioneer Center).

Eligibility

Tax-Aide in the Gorge area has helped elderly and low income taxpayers for decades. Tax-Aide is a national program sponsored by the AARP Foundation to help at-risk communities by preparing taxes free of charge with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and/or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs. Our volunteers receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families and elderly individuals who need assistance preparing their tax returns. All participants will need to wear a mask and follow other State of Oregon or Washington and Tax-Aide Covid protection protocols.

Locations and Appointments

Hood River Public Library
502 E State St, Hood River, OR
Mondays 2–5 pm
Make an appointment online at Gorge Tax-Aide.

Hood River Valley Adult Center
2010 Sterling Pl, Hood River, OR
Thursdays 2–5 pm
Make an appointment online at Gorge Tax-Aide.

The Dalles Mid-Columbia Senior Center
1112 W 9th St, The Dalles, OR
Fridays 3–6 pm
Make an appointment online at Gorge Tax-Aide.

Tygh Valley, OR
Thursdays 9 am–12 pm
Make an appointment by calling Virginia Fuller at 541-395-2598.

White Salmon Senior Services (Pioneer Center)
501 NE Washington, White Salmon, WA
Tuesdays 9 am–12 pm
Make an appointment by calling Jill Parrott at 509-493-3068.

All tax preparation will be handled on a drop-off basis only, including a very brief meeting with a certified tax preparer to begin the process, and a brief meeting to pick up and sign your consent for Tax-Aide to file the return electronically. Questions about the process can be addressed by email to gorgetaxaide@gmail.com.

Follow these steps:

  1. Please print, complete and bring Form 13614-C (October 2021) Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet (Rev. 10-2020), or arrive 15 minutes early to pick up the form to complete before your appointment.
  2. Include in your drop-off documents a copy of each person's driver's license(s) and social security card(s) for all parties on the tax return, i.e. taxpayers and dependents. These copies will be returned to you at the tax return review and submission appointment. Tax Preparers also need your 2020 1040 Tax return and page one of your 2019 Tax Return. Documents and/or tax returns not picked up within 14 days of the upcoming pick-up date will be securely shredded.
  3. Organize and list your documents for the certified tax preparer's checklist. These categories are on Form 13614-C in parts III and IV. Your tax preparer will not calculate totals in any category–you must calculate all categories, for example medical expenses, charitable contributions both cash and in kind, and all others. If you have questions or concerns on how to handle this responsibility or any other, notify your tax preparer prior to your drop-off session via email.
Printable flyers

Note: As of March 8, all Stevenson Community Library appointments are booked for the remainder of the season.

Klickitat Free Tax Help (English) (PDF)

Condado de Klickitat Ayuda Fiscal Gratuita (español) (PDF)