Where to Get Tax Forms

It’s that time of the year again — for tax returns! So the question of the day is where can we get tax forms? And the answers are… One, all tax forms are available online.  And two, for those who are looking for pre-printed or printed forms, there are several sources which will be discussed further down the line. For the online sources, here are the official websites where you can get the official tax forms: FEDERAL tax forms — www.irs.gov at — www.irs.gov/forms-instructions For Individuals, a good resource for Federal Income Tax information is Publication 17, which can be also found in the Forms & Instructions page mentioned above. NJ STATE tax forms — www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation There is a drop down menu to Find Forms/Returns for your needs. For those who are looking for printed forms, there are several ways to get these: FEDERAL printed tax forms Some local libraries, our very own Livingston Public Library included, receive printed tax forms and/or instructions but these are only for the basic Federal forms, i.e. the Federal 1040 forms.  In our Library, the printed tax forms can be found by the Adult Services Reference Desk.  All the other Federal tax forms, schedules and instruction booklets will need to be taken online, from the IRS official website. You can get tax forms from the local IRS office near you.  You can find one via this IRS office locator link.  The nearest local IRS office is at: 1719-C Route 10 West, Parsippany Open Mondays – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 973-808-8021 You can also request tax forms to be mailed to you (allow plenty of time) by calling this number 800-829-3676 or by using this link: www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail STATE tax forms, for NJ as well as for other states, are ONLY available online. You can reach the NJ Taxation Customer Service Center at 609-292-6400. To save you some research efforts, the following places do NOT give out Federal nor State tax forms: Community Center, Post Office, AAA, shopping malls. Our Librarians can assist in printing the forms and publications for 15 cents per black&white page (25 cents per color page). For the usual printing fees at the Library, patrons can access the IRS and NJ State sites online, select the tax forms and instruction booklets they need, and then submit the selected documents, for printing at the Library. Printing fees will apply and patrons will need to know what to print. Keep in mind, though, that Librarians are not trained to answer tax questions. As always, the Library’s resources (computer workstations, copier machines, printers, etc) are available for public use, and we’re always here to help. — Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist