Income Tax Forms and Resources at the Monroe County Library System
Tax Season Opens January 31, 2014
The Monroe County Library System continues to offer free Federal and State of Michigan tax forms and booklets at all branches. Most federal forms, instruction booklets, and publications will arrive towards the end of January/beginning of February, so please call your local branch to find out if the form you need has arrived.
Some of the Federal tax forms have begun arriving at library branches, and are also available online. This includes the ever-popular Publication 17 Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals. It is available online at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf. This 288-page booklet is broken down into specific chapters for easy access. The IRS is also offering videos to help taxpayers file their 2013 taxes.
Check out the IRS website for more information about enhanced products and services that will help in the preparation and filing of federal tax returns.
State of Michigan tax forms and instruction booklets will be available at all library branches. Please contact your local branch to find out if forms and booklets have arrived. State of Michigan forms are also available online.
Reproducible Federal and State of Michigan tax forms and instructions will be available at most library branches. Patrons can photocopy up to 10 pages from the reproducible book free of charge.
All branches of the Monroe County Library System carry materials that can instruct patrons in income tax filing. Check out the Online Catalog and search for “income tax” to find locations and availability of these resources.
The filing deadline is Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
IRS Free File - Free File is the fast, easy, and free way to prepare and e-file your federal taxes online if your AGI is $57,000 or less. Free File Fillable Forms can be used by everyone regardless of AGI. These forms are online versions of the paper forms and are designed for people comfortable preparing their own federal tax returns. State returns cannot be filed here. E-file is available beginning January 31, 2014.
Michigan E-file 2013 – E-filing websites are available for taxpayers filing State of Michigan forms at E-file for FREE or E-file for a FEE. In most cases, adjusted gross incomes cannot exceed $58,000 to use the free option. According to the Michigan Treasury Department, e-filed returns are the safest, fastest, and easiest way to submit individual income taxes returns. Michigan E-file is available beginning January 31, 2014.
Tax Tips with Carlotta Congioloso of H&R Block will be offered at the following
Monroe County Library System branches:
Jan 13, 2014 (Monday) – Ellis Library & Reference Center – 6:30 p.m.
Jan 16, 2014 (Thursday) – Newport Branch Library - 6:30 p.m.
Jan 27, 2014 (Monday) – Ida Branch Library – 6:30 p.m.
Feb 14, 2014 (Friday) – South Rockwood Branch Library – 2:00 p.m.
Feb 18, 2014 (Tuesday) – Dorsch Memorial Branch Library – 2:00 p.m.
Feb 25, 2014 (Tuesday) – Bedford Branch Library – 7:00 p.m.
Feb 26, 2014 (Wednesday) – Carleton Branch Library – 6:30 p.m.
The MCOP will once again be offering free tax preparation help to low income residents. This service is by appointment only between February 3 and April 15, 2013. Call 734-241-2775 to make an appointment.
The IRS sponsors a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally $51,000 or less) filers who cannot prepare their own tax returns. To find a VITA site near you, call 1-800-906-9887.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. Click the link to find a location near you or call 888-227-7669.
Do you need more information?
IRS Internal Revenue Service – Along with online access to instructions and fillable tax forms, the IRS provides links for checking on the status of a return, frequently asked questions, and tax help.
IRS2GO – A Smartphone app, available for both Apple and Android devices from their app stores, allows users to access refund status, tax updates, and access to video from the IRS YouTube channel.
Department of the United States Treasury – Find out what the Treasury Department does, including its current Economic and Tax Policy (located in the Resource Center tab).
Michigan Department of the Treasury – Along with online access to instructions and tax forms, Michigan’s Treasury Department offers access to current changes in the tax structure as well as an explanation of property taxes and a variety of useful links.
Federation of Tax Administrators – Offers direct links to state tax forms for all 50 states, including Ohio.
Michigan Tax Tribunal - Overseen by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Tax Tribunal is an administrative court that hears tax appeals for all Michigan taxes. While property tax appeals are normally heard by this court, they also hear business and individual tax disputes.