Ask a Professional: Preparing Your 2018 Income Taxes

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Older adults, their family members, and caregivers are invited to join Brian Zapf, of Alternatives Federal Credit Union, for an interactive workshop on preparing 2018 income taxes at Tompkins County Public Library, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in the Library’s Digital Lab.

Part of the Library’s Ask a Professional series, this workshop will focus on changes people can expect in preparing their taxes for 2018; filing taxes this year is going to be a bit different for everyone. Brian Zapf, the Community Tax Program Director for Alternatives FCU’s Free Tax Preparation (or VITA) program, will host a Q and A session on federal and state income tax provisions. The presentation will focus on how the new law will affect families of modest means. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 has presented most filers with new issues to consider, including new or expanded credits and a larger standard deduction. Zapf will do his best to answer everyone’s questions on how this might affect their taxes and refunds. 

Brian Zapf is the Community Tax Program Director at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, where he has worked for the past eleven years. Zapf has a Master’s degree in Economic Development from Cornell University, and he graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Economics. The Community Tax Program helps individuals and families with incomes less than $55,000 to prepare and file their federal and state taxes for free. Every year close to 2,000 Tompkins County residents are helped by their IRS certified volunteers.


Funding for this program is provided by the Finger Lakes Library System.

For more information about this program or the Ask a Professional series, contact Digital Librarian Tom at