Off the Shelf: Tax Forms at the Library

By Sharon Saye on February 07, 2018 from Off the Shelf via Connect-Bridgeport.com

The most asked question at the library this past month is: where are the tax forms?  Since Congress made changes to the tax code in December, the IRS is late at getting the forms out.  The only Federal forms we have are 1040EZ, but we do not have any instructions booklets or other forms.  We are expecting Forms 1040 and 1040A as well as the instruction booklets.   We do have an ample supply of WV state tax forms and instructions.
 
All federal tax forms are available online at www.irs.gov/forms-instructions.  You can print them out on the library’s public access computers, but we charge ten cents a page per copy.  Since most instruction booklets that include the tax tables run 80 plus pages that can be expensive.  You can order tax forms at www.irs.gov/orderforms, but the local office no longer carries tax forms.  Also, you can order tax forms and publications by phone at 1-800-829-3676.
               
In the past a VITA volunteer helped taxpayers fill out their income tax forms here, but due to the upcoming renovations we will be unable to offer that.  If you qualify, you can make appointments with AARP Tax Assistance Volunteers at the Harrison County Senior Center.  You must call the appointment line at 304-624-0903 between 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  We have a list of tax assistance providers available in the area, but all are by appointment only. 
               
Central West Virginia Community Action Inc. will offer free tax preparation and filing services running 11 weeks at various North Central WV locations,but there are limitations on who they can help and the times available. 
 
Tax forms are available on a table next to the front door of the library.  There is a list of Free Tax Prep Volunteers, posters on who needs to file, and where to file, as well as WV State Tax forms.  This table may be moved when we begin replacing the ceiling, lighting and flooring in the front of the library.
               
Let me point out that we are not an affiliate of the Federal government or the IRS; we do this as a service to the community.  We are totally dependent on when the IRS sends the forms out.  We do not provide tax assistance; it is your responsibility to know what forms you need and to print them out.  Also, since forms are limited we recommend that you only take a few that you need and that you do not wait until the last minute.  



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