Tax time: Important changes regarding forms and instructions
As community hubs, Anythink and other libraries have long been go-to sources for tax resources and forms. With the 2015 filing season underway, Anythink customers should be aware of some important changes that impact the availability of important tax documents.
Tax Forms & Documents
The Tax Forms Outlet Program, known as TFOP, offers tax products to the American public through organizations like libraries. Due to budget cuts, the IRS will no longer be distributing certain printed forms and instructions to participating TFOP organizations. Most notably, this includes instructional booklets for the most common tax forms (1040, 1040A and 1040EZ).
If you need access to federal instructional booklets, there are a couple of options:
- Order specific printed tax materials directly to your home by clicking here or by calling 1-800-829-3676.
- View or print instruction booklets online at http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs. Normal printing charges apply if printed from an Anythink computer.
Additionally, all Colorado state forms and instructions can be found at the Colorado Department of Revenue website.
The following forms will be available at your Anythink in the coming weeks:
Federal: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms
State: Colorado state tax form and instruction booklets
Please check back soon for details on form availability.
Filing yourself? There are several resources available for online filing. While many of these services offer federal tax filings at no charge, state tax filings typically require a fee. Full reviews of the most common services can be found at Online Tax Software Review. Their top-rated sites include:
Local Tax Preparation Programs
Tax Help Colorado
A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals who earn less than about $52,000 per year. Throughout the 2015 filing season, Tax Help Colorado will operate 26 free tax sites across the state. Click here to view a list of these locations, their operating times, and the necessary tax documents required.
Adams County Tax Preparation Program
Adams County offers free tax counseling, preparation and filing to taxpayers with a combined household income of $56,000 or less. This Tax Preparation Program is supported by volunteers and includes free electronic filing.
To take advantage of this service, you’ll need to bring the following items:
- Social Security cards for you and any dependents
- A government-issued photo ID
- All W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms
- Proof of any other income received
- Any deductible expenses
- A copy of last year's tax return
Bring all of the above items to any of the following locations during listed times:
Adams County Government Center
4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80601
Located in the Conference Center at the West Entrance
Dates & Times: Mondays (9 am-1 pm), Jan. 16-April 13 (Please note: Closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents Day.)
Commerce City Recreation & Senior Center
6060 Parkway Dr., Commerce City, CO 80022
Dates & Times: Thursdays (8:30 am-2:30 pm), Jan. 29-April 9
3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster, CO 80030
Dates & Times: Thursdays (9 am- 2 pm), Jan. 19-April 9
Northglenn Senior Center
11801 Community Center Dr., Northglenn, CO 80233
Dates & Times: Mondays (2-6 pm) and Tuesdays (9 am-2 pm), Jan. 27-April 14
Thornton Senior Center
9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton, CO 80229
Dates & Times: Tuesdays (9 am-6 pm) and Wednesdays (9 am-6 pm), Jan. 27-April 15
If you’d like to volunteer with the Adams County Tax Preparation Program, call 720-523-6163. Volunteers must pass a certified IRS tax test.
Please note: While we’re happy to help you access the professional assistance you need, Anythink and its staff do not offer tax advice.