Tell the IRS your thoughts!

Photo by AgriLifeToday via FlickrWant to comment on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax form delivery service? Discuss your experiences obtaining tax forms for your library at “Tell the IRS: Tax Forms in the Library,” a session that takes place during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

A new speaker will lead the interactive conference session: L’Tanya Brooks, director of media and publications for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will lead the discussion that will explore library participation in the agency’s Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). The TFOP offers tax forms and products to the American public primarily through participating libraries and post offices. During the conference program, Brooks will discuss the IRS’ ongoing efforts to create a library-focused group that works with library staff members.

The session takes place in the McCormick Place Convention Center in room W187. Add the conference program to your scheduler.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

6 comments

  1. Since I will not be attending mid-winter I hope this is a forum to reach the IRS staff.

    An entire segment of the population is adversely affected by the decision to go to online filing. Senior citizens frequently have no knowledge of or access to the internet or computers. While there is access at the library, personal security issues and lack of staff make it impossible for staff to assist in any significant manner. There are insufficient sources for free filing assistance (such as programs run by the AARP) forcing people to pay unnecessarily high fees to have their income tax processed by a professional.

    The response of our public views the decision to stop sending instruction booklets to libraries as another way to force people to suffer for the government’s lack of economy. “They expect us to pay and on time, but won’t give us what we need to get it done!” “There’s plenty of money for other things but they’re too cheap to give us booklets! What good are the forms without the booklet?”

    The view of my staff is that we would be better serving the public to provide instruction booklets and have them pay the $.10 per sheet printing for the forms.

  2. Georgette,

    Thanks for sharing your comments on the IRS TFOP program. You can send the IRS your comments directly by emailing the IRS Administrator at WI.TFOP.Administrator@irs.gov.

  3. The IRS decision to no longer provide Tax forms and instructions has created lots of anxiety for senior citizens, in particular, and others who use the forms to prepare and file income taxes. This situation is further aggravated by non-responsive I.R.S. personnel when forms are requested by mail. How mean spirited can the IRS be when all people want to do is compute and pay taxes owed.??

  4. The ALA Washington Office will host a free call-in webinar with IRS leaders next week. Here’s more information: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2015/03/free-webinar-irs-officials-to-discuss-library-tax-form-program/

  5. The ALA Washington Office will host a free call-in webinar with IRS leaders next week. Here’s more information: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2015/03/free-webinar-irs-officials-to-discuss-library-tax-form-program/

  6. Just awesome topic! I recently had to fill out a form and spent an enormous amount of time trying to find an appropriate I am sure at least once in your life you had to fill out a form. I use a simple service or http://www.irs.gov for forms filling. It definitely makes my life easier!

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