Library offers tax filing assistance

The James V. Brown Library can help taxpayers secure the maximum income tax return with PA Free File, which offers free, safe and convenient Internet-based, electronic filing options.

To qualify for the free software, filers must have federal adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less. Free offers vary by vendor, and details of each free offer and a link to each vendor’s free filing product will be available at

For those who don’t qualify for software, PA Free File will offer fillable forms, which are online versions of tax forms designed for people who prefer to prepare their own returns. Fillable forms can be submitted electronically or printed and mailed to the department.

E-filing offers advantages not available to taxpayers filing by paper, including error-reducing automatic calculators, instant confirmation of successful filing, faster refund processing and direct deposit options. E-filing is also more cost-effective for the department, as electronically filed returns are less expensive to process and don’t require department printing or mailing.

All taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in 2013 must file Pennsylvania personal income tax returns by midnight April 15.

To assist taxpayers, the library offers free Internet access and public computers for cardholders.

“Financial literacy is one of the main pillars of PA Forward, a statewide literacy initiative that helps libraries build communities one person at a time,” said Melissa Rowse, assistant director of the library. “Helping local residents understand their financial situations will leave them better informed to contribute to the economic vitality of their community.”

The library also has paper copies of the PA 40 Income Tax Form and PA 1000 Rent and Rebate Tax Form, along with the Federal Tax Forms 1040 and 1040 EZ.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at