It’s Just All So Taxing

It’s time we looked again at the only certain thing in life… What? No, not the death thing, taxes. It’s a confusing, seemingly (and sometimes actually) overly complicated mess with lots of numbers and lots of forms with numbers. As a public library employee I have weathered several tax seasons before so I’m here to answer those most frequently asked of questions! Let’s begin:

  • Hi, I need help on this tax form.
    • Can’t help you. Not a won’t, legally I’m not allowed.
  • But Why?
    • Because then I’d be legally culpable if something goes wrong.
  • Which tax form do I need?
    • Can’t help you. Not a won’t, legally I’m not allowed.
  • But Why?
    • Because then I’d be legally culpable if something goes wrong.
  • Where are your tax forms?
    • (Answer varies based on library) At my library: We don’t receive tax forms, you can order than directly from the IRS and it can take up to 6 weeks or you can go online and print them out.
  • Oh, I don’t need a special one, just the 1040.
    • See above answer.
  • How do I get to the IRS website?
    • irs.gov
  • Ok, I’m here, which form do I use?
    • See above about which tax form to use.
  • Ok, but what’s the difference between the 1040 and the 1040EZ?
    • Honestly I have no idea, but even if I did I can’t tell you because then I’d be legally culpable. On a more helpful note the IRS website has explanations of all their forms.

I’m sure there are other frequently asked questions and you can feel free to put them in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them. I was originally going to go with a snarkier tone for this (yes, more snarky than it is), but decided to go with an at least semi-helpful version.

Happy Tax Season to all who are filing and grace and strength to all individuals who help the people file.

 

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