Friday, February 2, 2018

Tax Help at the Library

Recently, we at the library have been receiving an influx of calls from curious patrons regarding tax forms and tax filing assistance. Here is an update on the situation with tax forms at Terrebonne Parish Library.



Free tax filing assistance through VITA:


VITA is the only organization that Terrebonne Parish Library is partnering with this year for free tax preparation services. Assistance is available if you earned less than $60,000 overall.


Volunteers for VITA will be at the Main Library (no other branches) on Tuesdays from February 6 - April 10. While volunteers will be doing taxes from 9 AM - 3 PM, a wait list will be started at 8:30 AM by a VITA volunteer. Only the VITA volunteer’s list will be used; no “unofficial” lists will be recognized. You are advised to come early and remain in line, as sign ups/assistance are first come, first served, and VITA has fewer volunteers working this year. Information from VITA regarding their services is posted below.















Tax Forms:


The library has requested federal tax forms from the IRS (Louisiana does not send out state tax forms to libraries). However, due to changes in federal legislation and a later filing opening date, the IRS delayed the printing and distribution of tax forms to its distribution partners (including the library). All branches will still be receiving and distributing a selection free 2017 tax forms, but they are coming in piece by piece. If you are looking for a specific form, please call your local branch to see if the form has been received.


The following forms will be available at the Terrebonne Parish Libraries, in limited numbers, while supplies last:


Form 1040
Form 1040 Instructions
Form 1040 A
Form 1040 A Instructions
Form 1040 EZ
Form 1040 EZ Instructions
Publication 4604


Requesting Forms and E-filing


Printing Forms Online:
You can print federal and state tax forms at home for free, or at the library for 10 cents per page.




Requesting Forms by Phone and Online:
You may request to have forms mailed to your home for free.


Federal: Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time to order current or prior year forms and instructions or IRS publications. Hours of service in Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific Time. You will receive your order by mail, usually within 7 to 10 days


State: 1-855-307-3893



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E-Filing


You may file your own federal taxes free online at https://www.irs.gov/uac/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free


For Louisiana, see  http://revenue.louisiana.gov/EServices/LouisianaFileOnline