Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tax Forms Online vs. the Library

It's that time of the year again -- patrons are already asking the library about the 2010 tax forms (which haven't arrived as of Dec. 30). We are receiving more inquiries than usual due to the IRS's decision to no longer mail paper tax packages to individual and businesses. 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 $0.15 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). Be sure to check out the highlights of recent tax changes.
  • Virginia - See www.tax.virginia.gov - Click on Need a Form? under Services; download forms or have them mailed to you. You can also call the office at 804-440-2541. The Commissioner of the Revenue should receive some forms, so you can check with them, as well.
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. Appointments will take place at all library locations per the schedule below:
  • John Marshall Library: 4-7 p.m., Mondays (Feb. 7 - April 4)
  • John Marshall Library: Noon - 3 p.m.. Tuesdays (Feb. 8 - April 5)
  • Warrenton Library: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesdays (Feb. 9 - April 6)
  • Bealeton Library: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursdays (Feb. 10 - April 7)

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