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The IRS Will No Longer Mail Tax Packages

December 26th, 2010 · No Comments · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Once again the IRS has changed some of their procedures. Some of them are listed below–you might need to be aware of them.

From the IRS Website:
Tax Package Mailing to End Following Growth of e-File

Individual and business taxpayers will no longer receive paper income tax packages in the mail from the IRS. These tax packages contained the forms, schedules and instructions necessary for filing a paper income tax return.

The IRS is taking this step because of the continued growth in electronic filing and the availability of free options to taxpayers, as well as to help reduce costs.

In early October, the IRS sent a postcard to individuals who filed paper returns last year and did not use a tax preparer or tax software. The information explains how to get the tax forms and instructions they need for filing their tax year 2010 return. The forms and instructions will be available in early January 2011.

There are numerous free options available for taxpayers:

1) Taxpayers can still get the necessary forms and instructions online at IRS.gov, or by visiting local IRS offices or participating libraries and post offices.

2) Individuals making $49,000 or less can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation and, in many cases, free electronic filing. For More information go to: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html

3) Individuals aged 60 and older can take advantage of free tax counseling and basic income tax preparation through Tax Counseling for the Elderly. For More information: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html

4) IRS Free File provides options for free brand-name tax software or online fillable forms plus free electronic filing. Everyone can use Free File to prepare a federal tax return. For more information: http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118986,00.html

5) Taxpayers who make $58,000 or less can choose from approximately 20 commercial software providers. There’s no income limit for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, which also has free e-filing.

For More Information, please use these links below:
Individuals: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=228162,00.html

Businesses: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=154770,00.html
Download Forms and Instructions Online:
http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html

Visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center:
http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html(participating libraries and U. S. Post Offices)

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As always, Manchester City Library will have many tax forms available, including 1040 and Instructions, 1040A and Instructions, and 1040EZ and Instructions. Feel free to call and ask us if we have the form you need or we’ll be happy to download and print it for you for 15 cents per page. The contact telephone number for information regarding tax forms at the Manchester City Library is 603-624-6550 (extension 310 or 510).

Amy H
Librarian I
Government Documents Librarian

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