Tax Season Opens Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The filing deadline is Monday, April 18, 2016.
The IRS will provide the following printed 2015 tax form/instruction products to libraries throughout the county.
- Form 1040
- Instruction booklet for 1040
- Form 1040 A
- Instruction booklet for 1040 A
- Form 1040 EZ
- Instruction booklet for 1040 EZ
Since the IRS is not printing any other forms or instructions, they are providing the Reproducible Booklet to libraries this year. In addition, all forms, instructions, and publications will be available online at www.irs.gov
Taxpayers can call 800-829-3676 or go online at IRS.gov/orderforms to request forms/instructions to be delivered to their homes by mail.
Patrons may photocopy up to 15 pages from the reproducible book or online tax-related pages free of charge. Those choosing to print forms/instructions online are invited to see a staff member to override the print station.
The Ellis Library and Reference Center continues to carry a limited number of the following multi-part, machine-readable forms
- W2 – Wage and Tax Statement
- W3 – Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
- 1096 – Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns
- 1098 – Mortgage Interest Statement
- 1099 DIV – Dividends and Distributions
- 1099 INT – Interest Income
- 1099 MISC – Miscellaneous Income
The IRS is no longer supplying more than one print copy per library branch of the popular Publication 17 Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals. The publication is available online at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf. The booklet is broken down into specific chapters for easy access. The IRS is also offering videos to help taxpayers file their 2015 taxes.
State of Michigan tax forms and instruction booklets are available at most library branches. They are generally shipped to libraries in February, but are already available on the State of Michigan website. Please contact your local branch to find out if forms and booklets have arrived. The 2016 Michigan Taxpayer's Guide can be downloaded and will give users information useful for filling out 2015 State of Michigan tax returns.
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.
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 $62,000 or less, although 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 becomes available January 15, 2015
Michigan E-file 2015 – 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 $60,000 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.
Tax Tips with Carlotta Congioloso of H&R Block will be offered at the following Monroe County Library System branches:
- Jan 25, 2016 (Monday) – Ellis Library and Reference Center – 7:00 p.m.
- Feb 4, 2016 (Thursday) – Bedford Branch Library – 6:30 p.m.
- Feb 16, 2016 (Tuesday) – Maybee Branch Library – 1:00 p.m.
The MCOP will once again be offering free tax preparation help to low income residents. This service is by appointment only. Call 734-241-2775 to make an appointment.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), sponsored by the IRS, offers free tax help for low- to moderate-income (generally $53,000 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 888-687-2277.
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.
IRS Phone Scam Consumer Alert – The IRS website offers advice for consumers regarding con artists portraying IRS agents by demanding payment and personal information over the phone. Read through the consumer alert issued October, 2015, to be aware of the scams and how to identify them.