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Library resources for tax preparation

It's tax time yet again, and the Johnson County Library is a resource for information and forms.

An article on page 7 covers details about AARP tax services in Johnson County from Monday, Jan. 30, through Tuesday, April 17, for low- and middle-income Kansans, with special attention to those 60 and older. For more information about AARP services, visit www.kstaxaide.com. This year, the Johnson County Library will host AARP Tax-Aide services only at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. AARP Tax-Aide services will no longer be available at the Oak Park, Lackman, Leawood Pioneer, or Corinth neighborhood libraries.

Library Web page. The Johnson County Library tax page, www.jocolibrary.org/taxes, lists tax help at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, and includes a link to the AARP site, which can be searched for other tax sites, tips (including deduction books and help for businesses), and links to federal, Kansas, Missouri, Kansas City, Mo., and other tax forms.

Tax forms. Most are available online. For federal forms, visit www.irs.gov. Type the form number in the search box in the upper-right corner of the home page or click the link to "Forms & Pubs." You can order forms by calling 800-829-3676. Note that the IRS no longer automatically mails paper tax packages to people who filed a paper return the previous year.

For Kansas, a form is not needed when filing online at Kansas Web File, www.kansas.gov/webfile/flow/home?execution=e1s1. To download a form online, visit www.ksrevenue.org/personal.html. Homeowners and renters paying property taxes might investigate the Homestead Refund at www.ksrevenue.org/perstaxtypeshs.html.

If you filed a Kansas return in paper format last year, you will receive a mailed form again this year. However, be aware that the paper forms will take longer to process at the Kansas Department of Revenue than online filing. (It can take more than 16 weeks to get a refund if a paper return is filed.)

Missouri forms are available online at www.dor.mo.gov. You may send an e-mail requesting forms to Questions@dor.mo.gov, or call 800-877-6881 or 816-889-2944. A forms-by-fax service is also available at 573-751-4800. After typing in that number, press 1 for a master form list, which provides an ID number for each form. Then press in the ID for the form you need, and it will be faxed to you. Kansas City, Mo., tax forms are available at www.kcmo.org/tax or by calling 816-513-1120.

Beginning Jan. 17, only the Johnson County Central Resource Library will have paper federal forms. State and city forms will be available online at www.jocolibrary.org/taxes.

Unfortunately, library staff are unable to answer phone questions about tax forms. Residents must come to the library in person to check the availability of specific forms. Reproducible forms are available at the Central Resource Library. Kansas reproducible forms are available up to 2008. These can be photocopied for 15 cents per page. Also, most forms can be printed off the Internet at the library's public computers for 15 cents per page.

Business taxes. Visit www.irs.gov and click "Businesses" to get to a wealth of information, including streaming video. Kansas business tax information is at www.ksrevenue.org/business.html. NetWork Kansas pairs people who have business-related questions or concerns with professionals who can help. NetWork Kansas can assist at any stage of the business lifecycle. This free service can be accessed by calling 877-521-8600 or online at www.networkkansas.com. For Missouri, visit http://dor.mo.gov/business. For Kansas City, Mo., visit www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/Finance/RevenueDivision1/index.htm. Both sites have sections especially for businesses.

Library resources. Books are available at the library concerning deductions and non-cash donations. The Salvation Army Valuation Guide, www.satruck.org/donation-value-guide, is also a resource. The IRS has a section on its site, www.irs.gov. Type "donated property" in the search box.

The library has a collection of books, e-books, audio books on CD, downloadable audio books, and DVDs on a range of tax topics to help individuals and business owners. Check out the library's tax page, www.jocolibrary.org/taxes, for links to the catalog. For a complete list of holdings, visit www.jocolibrary.org.

Watch for developments on the library's tax page, www.jocolibrary.org/taxes.