DON'T FALL FOR SCAMS! The IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. Protect yourself from Tax-Related Identity Theft! See also Tax Season Fraud Prevention Tips, below.
Did you receive a letter from the IRS about your taxes? See Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter NEW! (IRS) and What to Do If You Get a Letter From the IRS NEW! (Consumer Reports).
Most IRS tax forms, instructions and publications will be available electronically on IRS.gov by the beginning of the filing season (January 29), but the printing and distribution process for printed products takes longer to complete.
The IRS will be sending printed forms & instructions 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ to the library, but is currently working to finalize forms and instructions to reflect the legislation which passed in late December. As a result, SOME SHIPMENTS MAY COME LATER THAN NORMAL. The IRS will ship these to us as they are released. Tax products are generally available online at IRS.gov six to eight weeks BEFORE the paper versions are available.
Copies of other forms and instructions (including those for prior years) are available for viewing and downloading at irs.gov/forms.
You can also view and download popular tax publications and 1040 Instructions on some mobile devices from www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/ebooks
Click here to order forms and instructions delivered by mail UPDATED LINK! or call 1-800-829-3676 to order.
The library will NOT be receiving any New Jersey state tax forms. If you filed a paper return last year, you should get a copy sent to your home. You can also print forms and booklets from the New Jersey Division of Taxation website, or you can request them by phone or email UPDATED LINK!.
Please note that if you print out forms or instructions at the library, there will be a charge of $.10 per page!
CLICK HERE for free IRS tax help UPDATED LINK!
To check on the status of your tax refund, go to Where's My Refund?
THE 'WHAT IFS' FOR STRUGGLING TAXPAYERS
People facing financial difficulties may find that there's a tax impact to events such as job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping a retirement fund. This IRS page looks at some 'what if' scenarios and their possible tax impact, and outlines steps you can take to help ease the burden.
Click here for more information UPDATED LINK!.
MORE TIMELY IRS INFO:
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MORE TAX FAQs from USA.gov
Advocate: IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service - This office within the IRS is set up to help you resolve problems with your federal tax returns.
ALERT: Tax Season Fraud Prevention Tips - Tips to help you protect your privacy, your money, and your identity during tax season. See also Privacy Tips for Tax Filing Season (2016 - 2017, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse).
ALERT: Tax Refund Loans - Explains some of the pitfalls associated with 'Refund Anticipation Loans' (cash loans offered on the basis of expected tax refunds), and suggests what you can do to keep more of your hard-earned money in the upcoming tax season. (Center for Responsible Lending; supported by a consortium of foundations & organizations)
BASICS: Tax Documents INTERACTIVE - This activity helps you make sense of the tax documents that appear in your mailbox each tax season, and lets you practice finding the numbers you need to include on your income tax return. See also How to Pay Your Taxes Online. (GCFLearnFree.com, Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.)
Consumer Reports Income Tax Guide - Advice on preparing, filing, & paying taxes, and tax-time security and safety (Consumer Reports).
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Printable federal tax forms and publications, plus other tax information for individuals, businesses, and organizations. Click on 'e-file' to file your taxes online. (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
Military Service Members - See Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
New Jersey Division of Taxation - Get NJ tax information, print N.J. forms and instructions, or file online from your home computer. Click here for FAQs and contact information (by e-mail, phone, postal mail, or in person).
New York State Department of Taxation - If you need to pay taxes in N.Y. State, you can get information or print forms and publications here. See also NY Filing Information for Non-Residents and New York City Taxes.
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue - If you need to pay taxes in Pennsylvania, you can get information or print forms and publications here. See also PA Instructions for Nonresidents and Part-Year Residents UPDATED LINK!
Privacy concerns - See ALERT: Tax Season Fraud Prevention Tips, above.
Recordkeeping Tips (2018) - Information on why you should keep records, what kinds of records you should keep, and how long you should keep them (Internal Revenue Service). See also What Do I Do With Financial and Tax Records? (2012, University of Illinois Extension).
Senior Tax Information - See Taxes: Seniors & Retirees.
State Tax Department Links VIDEO - Links to tax departments in all US states. Now also includes short videos offering fraud prevention tips. (Federation of Tax Administrators)
State Sales Tax Holidays - A chart (with links) showing 'state sales tax holidays,' temporary sales tax exemptions on certain items for a specific period of time (2015, Federation of Tax Administrators) [NOTE: Not all states offer sales tax holidays.]
Taxes & Audits - Basics on filing tax returns, plus articles on how to avoid - or deal with - tax audits. (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements)
Tax History: A History of the U.S. Income Tax - A brief overview of the origins of income taxes and the Internal Revenue Service, plus links to documents, articles, cartoons and quotes (2012, Library of Congress). The educational page Understanding Taxes offers lesson plans, interactive activities, simulations, and more explaining the whys and hows of taxes; based on 2014 tax law (Internal Revenue Service). Tax Facts offers an extensive collection of current and historical statistics on U.S. state and federal taxes (Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute & Brookings Institution).
Tax Quotes - A little wisdom and humor about taxes (IRS).
Upcoming Changes to U.S. Taxes NEW! - Provides charts showing current tax rates for individuals (Single and Married, Filing Jointly), and changes that will apply in 2019 for the 2018 tax year under the new tax law. Also briefly explains changes to key exemptions, deductions, credits, and some other taxes (2017, FactCheck.org, Annenberg Public Policy Center; a non-partisan, non-profit organization)
Where's My Refund? - Expecting a refund on your federal taxes? Visit this IRS website to check on the status of it. To use this online tool, you'll need to enter your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), filing status, exact whole dollar amount of your refund, and the approximate date you mailed your return. Refund information for the most current tax year that you filed will generally be available 72 hours after the IRS has acknowledged receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after mailing a paper return. (IRS)
ADDITIONAL TAX INFORMATION - These popular commercial sites offer a variety of tax-related articles, videos, tools, and calculators: Kiplinger Tax Center VIDEO • MSN Tax Center VIDEO • TurboTax Tax Tips VIDEO • Wall Street Journal / MarketWatch: Taxes.