(Updated February 3, 2016)
As much as we hate to think about it, tax season is upon us. Tax forms usually start to arrive at the ECRL branch libraries in late January.
East Central Regional Library has received notice that the Minnesota Department of Revenue will no longer provide state tax forms and instructions to libraries beginning January 1, 2016. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is making this change in order to ensure taxpayers are filing with the most up-to-date tax forms and instructions, which are on available online or by calling 1-800-652-9094.
Based on feedback from libraries and post offices across the country, the IRS is providing forms AND instructions for the 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ. In addition, ECRL branches will also have on hand a reference copy of both the 2015 Tax Guide for Individuals and the Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms and Instruction booklet, for use in the library.
Individuals and employers may order forms from the IRS webpage or by calling 1-800-829-3676, and the IRS will deliver them by mail to you. Many forms and instructions are also available to view and download online.
Library staff can assist with locating and printing online tax forms but are not able to give advice regarding the forms that you might need. Printing and copying is $.15/single-sided black & white page, $.25/double-sided black & white page, and $.50/single-sided color page.
Beginning in January 2016, you may wish to call your local library to see if the form(s) you need are in.
Lakes and Pines operates a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for low-income individuals and families to have their income taxes prepared for free. Additional Tax Assistance locations may be found in late January at the State of Minnesota’s Free Tax Preparation Site finder. Most free tax preparation sites are open February 1st through April 15th.
For Minnesota tax assistance, call the Minnesota Department of Revenue phone number at 651-296-3781, Monday-Friday from 8 am-4:30 pm.
For IRS forms and publications call 1-800-829-3676. For federal tax assistance call 1-800-829-1040. Both are open Monday-Friday from 7 am-7 pm. IRS Minnesota office locations are here.
Federal tax forms and publications for businesses often have to be ordered directly from the IRS and cannot be printed off. For more information see Federal Tax Forms for Business and the State of Minnesota Tax Information for Businesses.
(A previous version of this post said that ECRL would receive not receive the 1040A and 1040EZ instructions and would receive reference copies of the 1040 instruction booklet, for use in the library only.)