Tax Preparation Assistance


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updated 6-30-22



Individuals with income tax-related questions can call the IRS:  1-800-829-1040 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) and its business counterpart, 1-800-829-4933 (Monday-Friday, same hours). To order forms, call:  1-800-829-3676.

The State of Illinois offers the following numbers to individuals with income tax-related questions: 1-800-732-8866 (toll-free) or 217-782-3336 (Monday-Friday).

Closest government offices

Illinois Department of Revenue

Maine North Regional Building
9511 Harrison Ave.
Des Plaines, IL  60016
Phone: 847-294-4200 (Taxpayer Assistance Line) 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Mask and an ID required. Can pick up forms there, too.


The IRS office closest to the Des Plaines Public Library is at 5100 River Road in Schiller Park, about five miles south of downtown Des Plaines. Phone: 847-737-6688. No live telephone assistance. To make an appointment, call 844-545-5640.

To order federal forms and publications for delivery by U.S. mail, go to the IRS website.


The Des Plaines Public Library has the federal 1040 and 1040-SR booklet for 2021, as well as its separate instruction booklet.  We also have the 2021 Illinois 1040 and its accompanying instruction booklet. Go to the north end of the first-floor lobby or the income tax forms area on the fourth floor. Also, you can find the federal 1040 and 1040-SR booklet for 2021 in Spanish in both library locations. It just arrived.

Other available state forms:

-- Schedule ICR (Illinois Credits) + separate instructions

-- Schedule IL-E/EIC (Illinois Exemption and Earned Income Credit) + separate instructions

-- Schedule IL-WIT (Illinois Income Tax Withheld) + separate instructions

Also, the library has a limited supply of the following employer-related forms:

-- W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement)

-- W-3 (Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements)

-- General instructions for forms W-2 and W-3

-- 1096 (Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns)

-- 1099-INT (Interest Income) + Instructions 

-- 1099-NEC (relatively new form -- Nonemployee Compensation) + instructions

-- 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income) + instructions

To have any of the above forms set aside for you, or if you have questions about income tax forms, call the fourth-floor public desk:  847-376-2841.  Or, email  To print federal and state tax forms, you can go to the library's tax forms page.