2020 Tax Information

2020 Tax Information

We know you came here because you have one important question...  

Will the library offer free tax preparation assistance this year?

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no.  Usually we have volunteers from AARP come in to provide the free tax preparation.  They do not have enough manpower to continue to offer this service.  So here's what we've done to help you with your tax self-preparation.

Tax Forms

We have paper copies of basic tax forms available at some of our locations.  Give your preferred branch a call ahead of time to see if they have the forms you need.

You can also view and print tax forms directly from the IRS and Louisiana Department of Revenue websites.

Books

Your Income Tax 2020
J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2020
prepared by the J.K. Lasser Institute

Step-by-step expert guidance walks you through the forms, calculations, and deadlines to help you file your taxes without the headaches. New changes including tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, and more are explained in plain English, backed by examples of how they apply to individual taxpayers like yourself. Explore your options in terms of deductions, income shelters, and planning strategies to maximize your savings and keep more of your money—without wading through volumes of dense tax code. This comprehensive yet accessible guide is your handbook for making your tax filing for 2019 easier than you thought possible.

1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks
J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2020
by Barbara Weltman

A complete and thorough guide to reducing your tax burden. By listing every possible deduction and credit available to individual taxpayers, this book can help you achieve substantial savings on your 2019 tax return. Updated and expanded to cover new and changing tax law, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering the latest developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date.

Small Business Taxes
J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2020
by Barbara Weltman

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this reliable resource offers a complete overview of small business tax planning and provides you with the information needed to make tax-smart decisions throughout the year. Focusing on strategies that help you use deductions and tax credits effectively, shield business income, and maximize other aspects of small business taxes, this practical guide will show you how your actions in business today can affect your bottom line from a tax perspective tomorrow.

 Tax Deductions for Professionals
Tax Deductions for Professionals:  Pay Less to the IRS (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

Professionals are entitled to certain tax deductions that can save them a lot of money--if they know how to take advantage of them. There are also key tax advantages related to business entity choice under the new tax laws. Tax Deductions for Professionals explains everything professionals need to know to make the right business entity choice and get all the deductions they are entitled to. Tax Deductions for Professionals is organized into practical, easy-to-understand categories of the most commonly-used business deductions. It includes lots of interesting and relevant examples so readers can see how the deductions work and what context they come up in. It covers start-up expenses, health care costs, continuing education, professional fees, home office, and more.

 Deduct It
Deduct It!  Lower Your Small Business Taxes (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

Small business owners are entitled to an array of tax deductions that can can save them a lot of money--if they learn how to take advantage of them. There are also key tax advantages related to business entity choice under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This book explains what small business owners need to know to maximize their deductions. The book is organized into practical, easy-to-understand categories of the most commonly-used business deductions. It includes many relevant examples so readers can see how the deductions actually work and the context they come up in.

Home Business Tax Deductions
Home Business Tax Deductions:  Keep What You Earn (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

This book has everything home business owners need to know to make sure they take advantage of all the business deductions they are entitled to. There are also key tax advantages related to business entity choice under the new tax laws. The book is organized into practical, easy-to-use categories of the most commonly-used home business tax deductions and how to take advantage of them. Includes lots of interesting and relevant examples that make the book easy to read and understand.

Landlord Tax Deduction
Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

One of the biggest benefits of owning rental property is to many tax write-offs available to residential landlords. Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide shows small residential landlords how to take advantage of all the tax deductions they are entitled to. It covers this complicated area of tax law in easy-to-understand language using lots of examples, and covers all the key changes for landlords under the new tax laws.

 Nonprofits Tax Guide
Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide:  How to Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status & Avoid IRS Problems (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

The privileges nonprofits enjoy come at a price: Nonprofits must comply with special IRS rules and regulations. This book explains ongoing and annual IRS compliance requirements for nonprofits and what your nonprofit must do to maintain its tax-exempt status.

 Air BnB Tax Guide
Every AirBnB Host's Tax Guide (published 2020)
by Stephen Fishman

Short-term rental hosts are entitled to many valuable deductions and other tax benefits. This book--the first of its kind--shows rental hosts how to take all the deductions to which they are entitled, pay no more tax than is legally required, and stay out of trouble with the IRS.

Free Online Tax Prep

 

MyFreeTaxes.com brought to you by United Way and H&R Block

Not afraid to prepare your own taxes?  MyFreeTaxes makes filing easy!  United Way has partnered with H&R Block to offer their premium online federal and state tax preparation service, for free, to every household with a simple return.

Tax Coaches Available at:
St. Rest Baptist Church (opens 02/17/20)
1664 Garden Street, Shreveport, LA  71101  |  318.221.3178
Open Monday & Thursday, 12:00pm-3:00pm (by appointment only)

Red River Council on Aging
1825 Front Street, Coushatta, LA  71019
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Free Tax Preparation Services

 

Not quite comfortable preparing your own taxes?  No problem!  VITA provides free federal and state tax preparation for individuals who made $56,000 or less last year.  How it works:  taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers at strategic locations throughout throughout Northwest Louisiana.  Locations are open February 5 through April and some have specific hours and requirements for tax help.  For a full list of locations and hours, visit UnitedWay or click here.  IMPORTANT! There are required documents to bring when getting your taxes filed. Click here to view and print the checklist.

Shreveport/Bossier Locations
Barksdale Air Force Base - MILITARY (priority for active duty)
2nd Bomb Wing Tax Center, Barksdale AFB, 71110  |  318.456.4765
Open:  Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-4:00pm | Open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday by appointment only

Caddo Community Action Agency -- David Raines
1625 David Raines Boulevard, Shreveport, LA  71107  |  318.425.2401
Open Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Caddo Community Action Agency -- St. Vincent
4055 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA  71108  |  318.861.4808
Open Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00noon (first 12 people will be seen)

Highland Center Ministries VITA Site
520 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA  71104  |  318.673.4440
Open Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church -- Sadies Arms, Inc.
5340 Jewella Avenue, Shreveport, LA  71109  |  318.426.7832
Open Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 5:00pm-8:00pm (by appointment only)

New Horizons Independent Living Center
1111 Hawn Avenue #A, Shreveport, LA  71107  |  318.671.8131
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm (by appointment only)

Southern Hills Recreation Center -- AARP
1002 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA  71118  |  318.673.7818
Open Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-2:00pm

Governmental Agencies

 

Internal Revenue Service falls under the US Department of the Treasury.  

  • Federal tax filing information here.

 

Louisiana Department of Revenue serves as the tax collection agency for the state of Louisiana.

  • State tax filing informaiton here.