Tax Season is Upon Us

Jan 24, 2018
Written by cmcguire
While Congress passed a tax reform bill in December, the changes do not apply to 2017 tax returns which are due this April. If filing your taxes is a confusing process, you are not alone. Most people I know need help figuring out which form they need and exactly how to fill it out. The Library is here to serve as a community resource; below is an outline of how we can (and can’t) help you during tax season.
  1. The Library receives a limited number of tax forms from the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S). They have been moving to online forms and filing, so the amount of printed forms we receive each year has declined drastically.
  2. The Library receives one copy of the tax instruction booklet and has other reference publications on tax preparation which can be used while you are within the Library. Please check with Reference staff for help finding these publications.
  3. The best way to get tax forms and your own instruction booklet is to order directly from the I.R.S. web site. They will mail the requested forms to your home at no charge. We have created a link to the I.R.S. web site on our adult patron computers. Please ask the Reference staff for help if needed.
  4. Forms are available to download directly from the I.R.S. web site. Links to the most common forms are also on the patron computers. The Library charges 10 cents per page for printing and copying.
  5. The Library, along with two other community partners, is a host site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This free tax preparation service is operated by certified volunteers. The tax page on the Library’s web site ( has a link to the list of what you need to bring with you. We also have copies of this list at the Circulation and Reference Desks. 
           a. The Library site will be in the East Room every Saturday in February and March, from
               9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis.
           b. Catholic Charities, 716 N. 5th Street, will assist residents BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on
               Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 5 through April 11.
               For appointments, call 913-651-8060. Walk-in are accepted on Wednesdays
               from 1 to 3 p.m. Please note: they will be closed on Feb. 16, Mar. 30 and April 2.
           c. Leavenworth Council on Aging, 1830 Broadway, is offering assistance for those age 65
               and older. Their sessions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 913-684-0777 for
               appointments. Income guidelines apply for this site.
Please remember that Library staff is not qualified to answer specific tax questions or to tell you which forms you need for specialized circumstances. We know a lot about books, but not
about preparing income taxes. Mark Twain said, “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” We recommend doing your taxes sooner than later. April 15
will be here quicker than you think.