Tax Season is Upon Us

If filing your taxes is a confusing process, you are not alone. The recent government shutdown added to the confusion. However, people are still required by law to file their tax returns no matter what is happening in Washington D.C. or Topeka. The Leavenworth Public Library is here to serve as a community resource; below is an outline of how Library staff can (and can’t) help you during tax season.

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 libraries receive each year has declined drastically. Unfortunately, the Library has not yet received its supply of 2018 printed forms from the I.R.S.

The State of Kansas no longer offers printed forms. All Kansas tax returns need to be filed online.

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.

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. The Library has a link to the I.R.S. web site on its adult patron computers. Please ask the Reference staff for help if needed.

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.

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 Income Tax page in the Explore a Topic tab on Library’s web site has a link to the list of what you need to bring with you. There are also 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 12 p.m. on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis for the first 25 people who arrive each week.

b. Catholic Charities, 716 N. 5th Street, will assist residents BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., February 4 through April 11. For appointments, call 913-651-8060.

c. Leavenworth County Council on Aging is offering assistance for those age 60 and older. Their sessions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 913-684-0777 for appointments. Income guidelines apply for these sites:

  • Council on Aging, 1830 Broadway: Feb. 1 through March 29, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Basehor Community Library: February 19, March 5 and March 12
  • Easton Board of Education Office: March 19
  • Linwood Community Library: February 28, March 7 and March 21
  • Tonganoxie Public Library: February 21, March 14 and March 20

Please remember that Library staff is not qualified to answer specific tax questions or to tell you which forms you need for specialized circumstances.