Well, folks, it’s that time of year again — tax time! April 17th will be here before we know it (that’s right, we get two extra days to file because the 15th falls on a Sunday, and the IRS will be closed Monday the 16th for a Washington, D.C., holiday, Emancipation Day). Westerly Library does not have tax forms yet, however; we hope to have them on display very soon.
Once the federal and Connecticut tax forms arrive, you can find them on the first floor of the library, inside the Broad Street entrance. We will be receiving the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ federal forms, and instruction booklets. However, be warned — the instruction booklets run out early, and we cannot put one aside for you. You may request an instruction booklet be sent to your home by calling 800-829-3676, or by visiting IRS.gov/orderforms to order them online.
Although picking tax forms up at the library can enable you to also get a great book, DVD, or magazine, and we always love to see you, if you have internet access and want to access these forms from your home, you can download all of them from the IRS website (www.irs.gov). Connecticut forms can be found at www.ct.gov/drs/taxforms.
What about Rhode Island tax forms, you may ask? Unless you call and request a booklet, the state of Rhode Island has stopped sending out tax booklets to its residents, and will not send them out at all to libraries. You still need to file your state taxes and pay them by the deadline, but you’ll need to get your hands on the forms on your own. Don’t worry, though, the library can help you with that! You can use our internet computers to access the website for the State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation (http://www.tax.ri.gov/taxforms/). All state tax forms are available for download from that website, and you can get the forms from anywhere you can get on the internet. If you’d like to call and have the booklet sent to you, the number is 401-574-8970.
Now you have the forms, but you’ve still got to fill them out and file your income taxes. Just a reminder — we’re librarians and really aren’t qualified to give you advice on which forms you need or on other tax questions you may have. However, we’re thrilled that a group of volunteers will be here at the library to help people with filling out their income taxes, at no charge! This service is provided by AARP Tax Aide, although they will assist people of any age. They will be here on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on Feb. 3, and on Monday nights from 4 to 7 pm. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s a good idea to get here early. I know that no one likes doing their taxes, but I hope that the library can make the experience a little bit easier!
Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.