I know it’s only January, but for a lot of people, tax season has already started. FDL has been getting calls about tax forms and tax help since December – you guys are on the ball. Here are some helpful pointers for you about how the library can (and cannot) help during tax season.
- For the first time in several years, AARP is setting up appointments at FDL to offer free tax help. You do not have to be an FDL card holder to use this service. However, you do have to call and schedule an appointment as they do not take walk ins. Starting at 9am on January 16th, you can call 309-699-3917 and press 2 for Adult Services to set up your appointment.
- Appointments go up until April 15th but they will fill up faster than you can blink. If you want an appointment, call on the 16th.
- Remember that tax help at the library is provided by CPAs through AARP. The librarians at FDL legally cannot give tax help or advice. However, we can print tax forms for you and help you find resources to get tax help.
- FDL (and other libraries in the area) get a certain number and type of tax forms from the federal government. Those forms don’t always get sent right away and some of them run out fast. If you need a form that we haven’t gotten, librarians at the upstairs information desk can print them for you at 10 cents per page.
- The closer we get to April 15th, the more our computers will fill up with people doing their taxes. If you come to FDL to do your taxes on the computer, tell the staff at the information desk that you may need your computer time extended. We will be happy to do this for you. Also, please be very aware of our closing times and computer shut down times. Computers shut down at 8:45pm Monday through Thursday, 5:45pm on Friday, and 4:45pm Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you have enough time to do your taxes. Once the computers shut off for the night, staff cannot turn them back on.
- If you have questions – please ask. I know, I said up top that we legally cannot offer tax help or advice and this is true, but we can help guide you to people and organizations who can help.
Post by Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist
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