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Here we are again at income tax filing season!  We will offer basically the same services as were provided last year.  This year the IRS is not mailing packets to individuals as they did last year unless the person specifically calls to request one.   (1-800-TAX-FORM)  (1-800-829-3676).  Basic federal forms and booklets (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ) will be provided in bulk and available in our lobby area outside of the  meeting room.  They are coming in slowly, but are being placed on the table as they arrive.  We only have a limited quantity which will be available until the supply is exhausted.  If you require other forms, please go to the Reference Desk where we can print forms/booklets for them at a charge of 20 cents per page.  We are charging 20 cents as we will be printing them “on demand” per person.  At the Reference Desk will also be available Reproducible Forms which the patron can photocopy themselves for 10 cents per page.  The person must leave I.D. (library card, drivers license) with the librarian on duty while they make their own copies. 

NJ State forms are not being mailed nor or they being supplied to us in bulk.  We will print approximately 35 copies of the booklet and keep them in folders available at the Reference Desk.  They can be checked out at Borrower Services to use at home to make filing easier.  We have printed copies of the NJ Resident and Non-Resident forms pre-printed at the Reference Desk and will charge 10 cents per page.  Each set should cost 30 cents.  Patrons may also call the Division of Taxation to have forms mailed to them.  (1-609-292-6400)

You can access the NJ Taxation website on your own if desired at  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/.  

We will be offering free AARP tax assistance again this year.  We will once again take appointments at the Reference Desk.  We are awaiting final word from our coordinator as to the specific days and times.  The AARP coordinator anticipates starting in mid-February as in previous years. Additional information will be posted soon.

Our library will be participating in the NJ State Library’s Pennies for Peace Campaign again this year. The containers for our campaign will be placed on the Children’s Services Desk, the Reference Services Desk and the Borrower’s Services Desk and one for each branch.

Pennies for Peace teaches children the rewards of sharing and working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A penny in the United States is virtually worthless, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.

The mission of Central Asia Institute (CAI) focuses on community-based education, especially for girls. A 5th grade education for girls improves not only the basic indices of health for her and her family, she will also spread the value of education within her community.

All funds collected will be donated to Pennies for Peace which collects funds for the Central Asia Institute co-founded by Greg Mortenson, the subject of the bestselling biography, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School At A Time.” His newest book, “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan” continues the story begun in “Three Cups of Tea.” The money collected for the Pennies For Peace Campaign will be used to build school libraries in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

More information available at: http://www.penniesforpeace.org

 

Thank you for your help in advance.

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