Basic tax forms, but without any instructions

This year, the Federal Government will send us the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and only the forms for public distribution. We will not have the instructions for distribution. Nor will we have any of the ancillary forms and schedules. We won’t even have the ever-popular Publication 17. There are alternatives, but none of them are procrastinator friendly.

Please note that we should have the same thrilling array of New York State forms as last year. The State tells us they will begin shipping on January 20, so look for the forms to arrive by early February.

So what should you do about the Federal forms, instructions, schedules, etc.?

You have three options:

  • view and download the forms, schedules, instructions, etc. online from IRS.gov/Forms (If you are going to print them here at the Library we will still have to charge you $00.15/page, just like every other print job).
  • Order the forms online for delivery by mail at IRS.gov/orderforms. You can order 10 different forms and the relevant instructions are automatically included. Allow 7-15 days for delivery.
  • Order by phone at 1-800-829-3676. Presumably the delivery period will be at least as long as online ordering.

The Reference Librarians will help you in any way they can, but bear in mind they are not tax professionals and cannot give tax advice. Thus they can help you order your forms from the IRS site, but they cannot tell you which forms you should order.

We are trying to figure out some way of circulating instructions for a short period of time if we can get our hands on some. If we do, we’ll post an announcement on the home page.