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Column: Libraries offer limited tax forms, but other aid available

| Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
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Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at richterp@einetwork.net

An important service libraries usually offer every year patrons is providing tax forms.

In the past, the Internal Revenue Service has provided libraries with tax forms, and the libraries made these forms available to the public. This year, be on the lookout for a few changes as you head to the library to pick up forms.

The IRS is scaling back considerably on the materials they are able to send to libraries and cites budget cuts. Now the important question — what does this actually mean, and how will it impact you?

Libraries will have select federal forms available but no instructions for these forms. State and local tax forms still will be available at the libraries.

In the past, you were able to pick up an instruction booklet at the library along with some forms and be on your way. This year, unfortunately, that will not be the case.

There are some solutions, though, and those at your local library are able to help. The IRS will mail up to 10 forms and instructions to your home. You can order these forms online at IRS.gov/orderforms or call 1-800-829-3676 to order.

To download specific forms online, please visit: irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs. Each library has different printing and copying costs, so please contact your library for any questions or help downloading the forms.

In addition, AARP Tax Aide will be at a number of libraries in the area starting this week. The volunteers will help with simple tax forms and offer free tax preparation for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 or older. Below is the schedule and information about each location. All locations are accessible to those with disabilities and no appointments are necessary.

Other tax help

The Brentwood Library offers tax assistance through Vita Tax Prep. Call the library to make an at 412-882-5694 to make an appointment.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL; on Facebook, Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library; and you can email Richter at richterp@einetwork.net.

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