Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tax Forms Online vs. the Library

While the library receives some federal tax forms and instructions to hand out to patrons for free (while supplies last), we don't receive every federal form/instruction booklet. Also, as usual, we will not get any Virginia state tax forms or instructions. Any form not available at the library will cost you $0.10 per page (printing from Web site) or $0.15 per page if you opt to copy from Package X (the master booklet for forms/instructions), which doesn't usually arrive at the library until February. Thus, if you have a computer and a printer at home, save yourself a trip to the library and print them out (for free) at home.

Forms

  • Federal - See www.irs.gov - Click on Forms and Publications; includes a detailed summary of how to view and download tax forms from the IRS Web site, how to order online or via phone (1-800-829-3676).
  • Virginia - See www.tax.virginia.gov - Click on Need a Form? under Services; download forms or have them mailed to you.

Tax Assistance
The IRS provides tax help for individuals. Just call 1-800-829-1040. You can also make an appointment with the Foundation for Tax Assistance. Please note that some restrictions may apply. Contact the Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County directly at (540)349-8142 to make an appointment.

Changes for 2009 taxes
Products/forms no longer available
• Form 1040 Schedule A/B, Itemized Deductions/Interest and Ordinary Dividends: This schedule has been replaced by two separate forms, Form 1040 Schedule A and Form 1040 Schedule B (with instructions on the back of the form.)
• Form 1040 A Schedule 1, Interest and Ordinary Dividends for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 1040 Schedule B, Interest and Ordinary Dividends
• Form 1040 A Schedule 2, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses
• Form 1040 A Schedule 3, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 1040 Schedule R, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled

New products
• Form 1040 Schedule A: Itemized Deductions
• Form 1040 Schedule B (instructions included on the form): Interest and Ordinary Dividends
• Form 1040 Schedule L (instructions included on the form): Standard Deductions for Certain Filers
• Form 1040 Schedule M: Making Work Pay and Government Retiree Credit
• Instructions 1040 ALL: Instructions for Form 1040 and Schedules A, B, C, D, E, F, J. and SE.

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