Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to announce that we will, once again, be offering assistance with federal and Vermont state tax form preparation this year. In cooperation with the AARP (http://www.aarp.org/) we will have trained volunteers to help with preparing personal income tax forms, as well as Vermont state property tax and renter rebate forms.

Assistance will be by appointment only. Appointments will be on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm from Feb. 9 to April 13. For those who need them, a limited number of later appointment times will be also be available Wednesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 30 (up to 5:30 pm), and a limited number of earlier appointments will be available on Tuesday, March 22, and Tuesday, April 12, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. To schedule an appointment, please call or stop in at the Springfield Town Library (885-3108). Appointments are limited, and often fill up fast, so please call early.

When you come for your appointment, please bring the following (as applicable):

* Current year's tax forms and preparation booklet.
* Copy of last year's tax return.
* W-2 forms from each employer.
* Unemployment compensation statements.
* SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security.
* All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest, dividends, and/or capital gains
* All documentation showing original purchase prices of sold assets.
* 1099-MISC for any miscellaneous income.
* All 1099-R forms showing pension, annuity, or IRA income.
* All forms indicating federal income tax paid.
* Dependent care provider information (name of provider, employer ID or Social Security Number).
* All receipts and/or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions.
* Social Security cards or other official documentation for you, your spouse and all dependents.
* Landlord Certificate or Property tax bill.
* Any other relevant documents.

Please be on time for your appointment. If you find you can't make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible, so that the time may be made available to someone else.

Note: Our staff members will be happy to assist you in finding needed forms—however, if you need assistance with their preparation, you will need to schedule an appointment with a volunteer, as our staff is not trained to provide such advice.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities

Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from IRS.gov for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Click on the links below to download these forms and publications:

Download Accessible Tax Forms (Braille and Text Formats)
Download Accessible Tax Publications (Braille and Text Formats)
Download Accessible Talking Tax Forms
Download Tax Instructions (Large Print Format)
Download Tax Publications (Large Print Format)

More Help is Available

The IRS also offers customer service assistance for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059, which is a toll-free number, for assistance.

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of a physical disability may get assistance from an IRS office, or through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by IRS. Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 1-800-906-9887.

Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at IRS.gov.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Winter newsletter is here!

Look inside for some great new services your library now offers - along with story times, early release day programs for children and some great nature programs for adults. And don't forget book discussions, the Writer's Group and Friday Morning Pageturners! Just click the link below and you can read and/or print out a copy for yourself.

spfld newslet winter 2011