If you visit Cook Memorial Library, or most other area libraries, to get paper 2014 tax forms, you may be out of luck.
Although we ordered them in early autumn, Cook hasn’t receive any federal forms yet, and is among many libraries still waiting for forms to arrive.

“Libraries are the only easily accessible public place where the IRS sends tax forms to,” Cab Vinton, director at Plaistow Library has said. “Years ago they would simply mail them to your home. They no longer do that; libraries have been put in the position of being the only service to offer paper forms for a number of years. But
they’ve been getting later and later in mailing them to us, and reducing the quantity of supplies they’re willing to distribute. And this year is no exception. All libraries in the U.S. are in the same boat – not
just us. We want to make sure people know they may have to call and get them mailed to them this year. We’ve also contacted Representative Guinta and Senators Ayotte and Shaheen to let them know how important the Tax Outlet Program is to our community.”

A limited number of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will be available, but their instruction booklets won’t. Libraries could print the instructions for patrons, but at 10 to 25 cents per page, it could become quite costly.
A message recently sent out by the IRS Tax Outlet Program states, “IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.” According to the office of Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, funding for the IRS was cut by $345 million, to below its FY 2008 level. For the time being, Cook Library staff can print out online forms, but mailed copies haven’t arrived yet, and we don’t know when they’ll be here.

To order tax products for home delivery by mail, patrons can call 1-800-829-3676 or visit IRS.gov/orderforms. To view and download forms directly, they can also visit IRS.gov/forms.
2014 1040 tax tables on the IRS site.
Complete 1040 Instruction booklet on the IRS site.

In an email received January 9th, the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP) sent the following update:
For this filing season, we will offer the following products: Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ; Publication 17, one reference copy for each participant (Taxpayers will be able to access Publication 17 in English and Spanish online from irs.gov/Pub17 and, new this year, Publication 17 will also be available as a free e-Pub for downloading from IRS.gov and viewing on most e-Readers and other mobile devices); Publication 4604 (EN/SP), Use the Web for IRS Tax Products & Information; Publication 1132, Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms and Instructions

Please consider contacting your representatives about your need for a more comprehensive and timely Tax Forms Outlet Program.

Jay Rancourt

Paper tax forms will be in short supply at area libraries
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