Hot Docs: Tax Season 2014
IRS tax forms are hot off the press and available in the library! The library continues to provide paper tax forms this year, but keep in mind that according to the IRS, it is faster to file online, and to set up direct deposit for refunds.
Tax season officially begins January 31, 2014, but IRS will not send instruction booklets until mid to late February. IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, along with most schedules and common supplementary forms are available in print, in the area between the Access Services Desk and the Information Desk. All available federal forms and instructions may be found at: http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs . The IRS provides helpful videos, new tax guides, excellent information on free filing, and links to healthcare insurance resources on their page at IRS.gov.
Georgia Tax Forms
The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) is no longer providing print forms or booklets to libraries due to shrinking numbers of Georgia residents filing print forms and the exorbitant cost of distribution. Last year, according to the DOR Taxpayer Services Division, only 70,000 Georgia tax forms were filed by mail. The large majority of 2012 taxes were filed electronically. By discontinuing the library program, the DOR was able to save $3 million in postage, not to mention savings realized by printing less print forms.
This does not mean you cannot fill out your taxes by hand and mail them in this year. You may request your own print form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-877-423-6711, Option 2, then Option 6. Alternately, if you need a print form for filing Georgia taxes, you can get one at the Access Services Desk. The library will print a copy from the DOR website.
If you need a copy of the Georgia booklet with instructions for filing, those are available at the Access Services Desk for $1, or you can print them yourself from https://etax.dor.ga.gov/. For best results, use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer to print materials from the DOR website, and use the green print button for printing a blank copy of the form. Alternately, you can read the directions at the website above to file your taxes, without printing the whole booklet. Most people only need the tax tables within the instructions for filing.
If you would like more information about tax forms and publications, contact Lori Gwinett at email@example.com or Virginia Thomas in the Government Documents Department at 478-5117.