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Initial post: Feb 14, 2013 5:26:48 PM PST
self says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 5:33:54 PM PST
Pogo says:
libraries, yes

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 5:34:17 PM PST
Post offices usually have the forms and instruction books for all the most popular forms. If you want to make it really easy, though, there's the new 1040 Extra EZ Form.

1) How much did you make last year?

2) Send it in.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 5:36:00 PM PST
self says:
Doesn't apply.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 5:36:12 PM PST
Rick Blaine says:
They are available from the USPS but you have to go there to pick them up. They can be printed from irs.gov but you sound like you don't want to do that.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 5:36:26 PM PST
self says:
OK, thanks. Have you seen them where you are?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 5:38:13 PM PST
self says:
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Posted on Feb 14, 2013 5:43:24 PM PST
ratbert2k says:
I haven't seen them at my post office or library for the last few years. But I was able to request the forms I wanted on the IRS web site here:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail

I haven't received them yet, but hopefully soon.

I'll file on paper until the IRS makes it free for me file electronically directly with them (not a third party company), like my state somehow manages to do. Until then, they can print and mail me forms, and I'll mail them back.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 5:51:19 PM PST
self says:
Thanks, I did print the forms out but I need the instructions. Also, I can't order the instructions online either. I've been trying.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 5:52:24 PM PST
Fuzzy says:
They are still making updates and changes to the forms. Next Federal update is supposed to be out on Feb 28th.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 5:53:33 PM PST
L. Shirley says:
My post office and library hasn't had them last couple of years.
I ordered from IRS and also from state. I received a post card from IRS saying they are out of them(the forms/inst book I wanted) and will send when available.
Been almost 2 weeks since I called and ordered - havn't heard from state either. I'll probably get them on 4/14

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 6:01:37 PM PST
self says:
Chief - Thank you.
L. Shirley - I have been unable to order the plain vanilla 1040 instructions from IRS. I have been trying to. I did get my Oregon state tax forms on December 31, though. Good luck to us both in filing this year.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 6:54:26 PM PST
Is there even a single good reason to not file electronically?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:05:26 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Is there even a single good reason for state and federal agencies not to offer their own free, fool-proof tax calculation software that makes it truly easy for ordinary citizens to do the chore themselves? That shouldn't be rocket science, should it?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:48:48 PM PST
ratbert2k says:
>>Is there even a single good reason to not file electronically?

I can think of several, off the top of my head:
1. Taxpayers have to pay a fee for electronic filing
2. Taxpayers have to buy the software or access to the software
3. Taxpayers have to trust some company with their personal tax information
4. Taxpayers have to trust that this company has performed the calculations correctly.
5. Paper filing means delays, eating up the time period during which the IRS can initiate an audit.

I'm sure there are others, but the most important for me is that I refuse to pay an extra fee to pay my taxes.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:50:48 PM PST
You can use the free versions of TaxACT, TurboTax, H&R Block, etc. I use the premium version of TaxACT. With an early bird discount, it's like $13.95 including 1 state return. They deserve that $14, it isn't so bad. It's totally worth it. For that price, I can ask them tax questions and they will answer them and give me advice. An accountant charges a lot more. You would rather do it all yourself over $14?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:54:57 PM PST
R. Kohler says:
You can download the instructions in PDF form onto your computer which you can just read on the computer instead of printing out. You can also download the forms in PDF form . You can fill out the forms on the PDFs on your computer, save the PDFs as another file name (ex. MyTaxes2012) , then print them off after they're filled out.

You can find all the tax forms at www.irs.gov. http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:55:05 PM PST
No you don't have to pay fees. You can chose to use the free versions. I think the small fee is worth it. I don't buy software, I use the online version. I only pay $13.95, and that includes free tax advice, explaining the laws, teaching me how to do it, etc. They absolutely guarantee their calculations. If they make a mistake, they pay for it. You can't guarantee that you do it correct yourself. You have to trust the mail with your tax information. It's way more likely to get stolen out of the mail then from the tax companies. I'm not gonna get audited, and even if I was, I don't cheat, so it isn't a big deal. I don't even itemize, there isn't really anything to audit.

Paper filing means you get your return later. I want my money faster. I want to avoid the post office too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:59:16 PM PST
ratbert2k says:
If I do it myself, I am forced to understand what goes into the calculations, and can better plan for ways to pay less tax in the future. That's worth a lot more than $14 to me.

Oh, here's another reason: You don't have to enter all the data from W-2s and 1099s if you file on paper.

My state has figured out how to process a return by simply having me enter a few numbers (from form 1040) on its web site, so I file that electronically. I can't see that TurboTax or others earn their fee for processing my state's return.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 8:12:44 PM PST
Katie says:
Do you claim your savings from the programs that you pirate on your taxes?

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 8:16:41 PM PST
AZS says:
If you can not figure out how to get the documents do not do you own taxes

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 8:31:38 PM PST
self says:
I am guessing the governments don't want/need to spend their own resources to provide that software for us. I don't think we'll ever see the federal government provide this software for taxpayers to use. I would also prefer to use a government provided resource.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 8:32:13 PM PST
self says:
So?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 8:34:50 PM PST
self says:
Also, not everyone is able to use a computer or is comfortable with them. Not everyone has access to a (private) computer.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 8:51:11 PM PST
Carrie says:
The IRS website will show you their office locations where forms are available
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