- Investing in Bonds
Learn the basics of investing in bonds.
- Mortgage information from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Get answers to your mortgage questions from a Federal Government agency.
- Research Brokers and Investment Advisors
Tips on how to find information about individual brokers, firms and investment advisors.
- 401(k) Information
The Actuarial Foundation's most recent information about 401(k) Plans.
Get free, reliable financial information including tools like calculators, budget worksheets, and checklists.
- Retirement Calculator
AARP retirement calculator--are you saving enough?
- Social Security Benefit Calculator
Estimate your Social Security benefits.
- Mortgage Calculator
Estimate your mortgage payments including taxes and insurance.
- Buy vs. Rent Interactive Graph
Is it better to rent or buy a home?
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Personal Finance & Tax
Central library provides state and federal tax forms during tax season.
Can't decide if you should file a 1040 or 1040-A? Want to know if your retirement fund is safe?
Whether you are a novice investor or a stock market expert, we have many resources to help with your Personal Finance and Tax questions.
In addition to a large collection of books, we provide free online access to Morningstar Investment Center and Tax and Investment ebooks from NOLO available anytime, anywhere with your Berkeley Public Library card.
Research & Learning
- California Franchise Tax Board
California Franchise Tax Board's site, filled with tax forms, tax return information and payment options.
- Internal Revenue Service
The IRS site, complete with forms, refund status, online filing and payment options.
- Alameda County Property Taxes
Look up and pay your property taxes in Alameda County.
- How to Choose Tax Preparation Software
Consumer Reports suggestions for choosing the best tax prep software for you.
- Tax Return Extensions
Information on extensions of time to file tax returns can be found at this IRS website.
- How Income Taxes Work
Learn more about how the income tax functions.
- State Tax Rates
The Federation of Tax Administrators list of state tax rates.
- Free Tax Return Preparation
The IRS has two programs to assist military, low income and elderly tax filers with the preparation of returns.
- Tax Fraud Alerts
Learn about tax fraud and schemes from the IRS and help report suspected fraud activities.
- Affordable Care Act
- Learn about how the Affordable Care Act will impact your Federal Taxes for the 2014 tax year.