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Apr 13 2012

April 15 – Also an Infamous Date?

by Greg H

I’ve always  found it interesting that April 15, a menacing date to those of us who pay taxes (and, therefore, just another day to those “people”  who just happen to be corporations), is also the date of at least two other calamities of great significance.  President Abraham Lincoln died of his gunshot wound and the Titanic sank, both in the morning hours of April 15.  Both mortal events occurred, however,  on the evening of April 14 so perhaps the wrong date is getting the rap here.

Well, I checked the internet for other historical events that happened on April 14 and, while I found several disasters of a smaller magnitude, I could not find anything else so engaging that James Cameron would want to make a movie about it. In fact, the historical event that most intrigued me was that in 1191 Giacinto Bobo became Pope Coelestinus III.  I was first amazed that anyone known by the name Bobo who, as Pope, could then choose pretty much any other name for himself, would choose Coelestinus, which, face it, sounds like an intestinal bacteria. Then I realized that two other guys before him had made the exact  same choice!  Maybe in the 12th Century Coelestinus was as popular a boy’s name as Jacob and Ethan are today.  And I think Pope Bobo would have been kind of endearing.

Still,  let’s give April 14 some credit for its bad mojo.  The uncertainty and anxiety that one feels after waiting this long to file a tax return must reach its peak by late in the day of  April 14th.  Those poor souls on the Titanic certainly understood that sinking feeling. And they couldn’t file for an extension.

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Apr 15 2009

Calling all Procrastinators!

by Amanda L

Today is D-day for all taxpayers. If you haven’t begun doing your taxes yet, you have until midnight. The Library has all of the basic forms.  Some of the branches may be running out of Georgia forms, but never fear the forms are available online.  For the Federal forms, go to www.irs.gov/formspubs. All of the forms are available to print out and some you can even fill out online. For Georgia state forms, go to https://etax.dor.ga.gov/Individual_Taxes.aspx.  We can also print forms for you at a charge of $.15 a page. The Georgia Department of Revenue has created a document of “Ten Last Minute Filing Tips” that  might be helpful.

Need to know what post offices are staying open late so you can mail those last minute forms? Here are the Post Offices open until midnight: Atlanta Main Post Office, 3900 Crown Road SW ; Boggs Road Postal Store, 1605 Boggs Road, Decatur Main Post Office, 502 West Ponce de Leon Ave.

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Apr 7 2009

Taxes…

by Jnai W

April 15 is next Wednesday and I have to admit I’m still scrambling. I’m still rooting around in my accordion file folders and shoeboxes (it’s sad so, please, no laughing) for my little charity tax deduction card. The charity, to their credit, sent it to me back in January but a lot can happen between January and April.

If you’re anything like me, then all I can say is “tsk tsk tsk”.  We know better, don’t we? We read the blog post about tax preparation at DCPL. We said to ourselves Thank you, Lesley B! I’ll get right on that!…back in February. We promised ourselves we would at least have them done by the end of March, only to be astounded by how quickly March seemed to pass. We even checked out all the Taxes For Dummies books that we could get our hands on…which is why they’re all checked out now (sigh).

Well, I want to tell everyone not to fret because there’s still hope, albeit just a tiny little bit of hope, but it’s hope all the same.

Some branches still have AARP and VITA volunteers kindly offering their tax preparation services. Just make sure you’ve got all of your pertinent information. (Remember that yummy stimulus money you got last year? Bring that info also.)

And of course, we’ve got books on preparing, filing, etc.

Today’s April 7th. We still have 9 days and counting. We can do it!

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Feb 12 2009

Free Tax Filing at your Library

by Lesley B

One of the free IRS tax prep services that DeKalb County Public Library hosts each year is the AARP Tax-Aide program. AARP volunteers help hundreds of people each year file their taxes and collect their refunds. The IRS provides the computers and software. Volunteers complete approx. 100 hours of training before assisting low- and middle-income taxpayers of any age with their federal and state tax returns.

At the Dunwoody Library, Jerry Vitt is returning for his 12th year as an AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator. Last year his crew of volunteer tax counselors filed more than 750 tax returns. Mr. Vitt said, “The one thing I wish everyone knew is that this service really is absolutely free. It’s open to everyone, not just seniors, and you don’t have to be a member of AARP.” He added that even if someone doesn’t need to file a federal tax return, they should still come in to see if they’re eligible to claim the Georgia low income tax credit. The Dunwoody location files about 95% of the tax returns electronically, but they can print out a paper copy for those uncomfortable with the internet.

When you come to the library for tax help, bring the following with you:

  • current year’s tax forms and booklets
  • copy of last year’s tax return
  • all income forms, such as W-2, SSA-1099, all 1099 forms
  • child care provider information (name, employer, ID, SS#)
  • receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions.
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents

Take a look at the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information about this program and for a list of all their locations, so you can let your grandmother in Florida know about this terrific FREE program.

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Feb 1 2008

AARP Tax Assistance Begins Today

by Chris S

Every year, the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers come out to easily accessible locations to assist seniors (and others) with filing their taxes.  Many people have come to associate this service with the Library, although no library staff members are able to answer tax-related questions and this valuable service is not exclusively located at libraries, but also inside churches and other community centers.  Here’s the link to the AARP Tax-Aide locator:

https://locator.aarp.org/vmis/sites/tax_aide_locator.jsp

Also, the IRS website has nearly all necessary tax forms and other information on its website:

http://www.irs.gov/

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