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Tax Filing Season 2019

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It’s tax filing season which is met with great anticipation (for those expecting refunds) or great dread (for those expecting to make big payments). With changes in tax laws, elimination of certain tax forms, and the partial government shutdown, this may be a confusing time for some, so we present this resource guide to help you.

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Obtaining Tax Forms

  • Federal Tax Forms from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Massachusetts Tax Forms from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR)
  • Tax Forms for Other States
  • The library receives a small amount of federal tax forms and an even smaller amount of state tax forms every tax year which are displayed for our patrons. The forms and publications that we expect to receive this year are the Massachusetts Resident and Non-Resident Form 1 Booklets, the IRS 1040 Forms, and the IRS 1040 Form Instruction Booklets. Once these items are received, they will be displayed in our new book room on the ground floor of the library. Because we only receive a small amount, we ask that all patrons please only take forms they need for their own tax filing.
  • Members of the library’s reference department can print out 2 free copies of any tax form. Patrons using this service must supply the tax form number/name. Please note, as of this year, the 1040A and 1040EZ forms no longer exist.
  • Library staff members are not authorized by revenue agencies to give tax advice or determine the correct form to match specific needs.

Important Dates

  • January 28, 2019: The official start of tax season.
  • January 31, 2019: The latest date for employers to supply W-2 forms to their employees.
  • April 15, 2019: Tax filing deadline for tax payers who don’t live in Maine or Massachusetts.
  • April 17, 2019: Tax filing deadline for tax payers who live in Maine or Massachusetts.

Where and How to File Tax Returns

Local Offices for Tax Agencies

Free Tax Help for Those who are Eligible

  • What to Bring to Free Tax Preparations
  • Volunteer in Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
    • According to the IRS: “The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.”
    • VITA Tax Aide Locator
      1-800-906-9887
    • VITA Locations
      Please Note: Bentley University is not a VITA Location this year.

      • Brighton Branch / Boston Public Library
        40 Academy Hill Road
        Brighton, MA 02135
        855-687-7345
        Volunteer Prepared Taxes
        Appointment Required
      • Trustman Family Learning Center
        341R Saint Paul Street
        Brookline, MA 02446
        855-687-7345
        Appointment Required
  • AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
    • According to the IRS: “The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.”
    • AARP/TCE Tax Aide Locator
      1-888-227-7669
    • AARP/TCE Locations
      • Waltham Senior Center
        488 Main Street
        Waltham, MA 02452
        Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
        Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
        Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
        Returns done by appointment only.
        February 4, 2019 – April 12, 2019
        781-314-3499
      • Newton Senior Center
        345 Walnut Street
        Newtonville, MA 02460
        Monday:1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
        Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
        Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
        Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
        February 1, 2019 – April 16, 2019
        617-796-1660
      • Watertown Senior Center
        31 Marshall Street
        Watertown, MA 02472
        Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
        Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
        Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
        February 1, 2019 – April 16, 2019
        617-972-6490

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