Government & Taxes

  • Benefits.gov - Benefits.gov was launched to provide citizens with easy, one stop access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • California State Agency Databases - An annotated list of all the informational databases available from the State of California; look up a law, a bill, a current legal case, find available state jobs or contracts, check the license of a doctor, nursing home, auto mechanic, and much, much more. Even find a shipwreck or make a map!

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • Export.gov - Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist businesses in planning their international sales strategies; resources include market research and trade leads, export finance information, and agricultural export assistance. Export.gov was created to provide better customer service for businesses interacting with the Federal Government; the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 Federal Agencies that offer export assistance programs and services.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • Federal Digital System (FDSys) - Nearly 80% of all Federal Government information is now online; find it here! Search the Code of Federal Regulations, Presidential documents, the United States Code and opinions of all Federal courts, read the Federal Register, the U.S. Budget, economic data, and literally millions of other documents, databases, maps and other resources of your nation. Provided by the Government Printing Office.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader for the many PDF files which can be downloaded or printed.
  • Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) - FRASER preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents. To this end, various types of documents have been digitized, including publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, publications of District Federal Reserve Banks, statements and speeches of Fed policymakers, archival materials of Fed policymakers, government data publications, statistical releases, Congressional hearings, and many books.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • Franchise Tax Board (FTB) - Here is where you can file your California state taxes online, check on your refund, pay installments, download forms and instructions, calculate renter's credit and much more. You can even chat online directly with an FTB advisor. To go directly to forms for this tax year or previous years, visit this webpage.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out tax forms.
  • GovTrack - Use GovTrack to keep tabs on your representatives in Congress and some state governments, or to research pending legislation that might impact your life or business. Get updated automatically on the progress of bills, hearings and votes in Congress and many state legislatures.

    Available anywhere through the Internet; you will need to register to receive updates on legislation by email.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Here is where you can file your Federal taxes online, check on your refund, pay installments, download forms and instructions, and much more. To go directly to forms for this tax year or previous years, visit this webpage.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out tax forms.
  • Legislative Source Book - A collection of pathfinders and guides to finding government and legal information. The Legislative Source Book is a project of Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.'s Legislative Research Special Interest Section.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader for the many PDF files which can be downloaded or printed.
  • This Is My Vote - Find out about voting and voter registrations laws in all 50 states, including recent news on voter suppression laws. Sponsored by the NAACP.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • United States Congress - Find information about current and past bill and resolutions in the Congress, read the Congressional Record of daily activities, and search for treaties, thousands of hearings, and much more! Provided by the Library of Congress.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.