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2020 Tax Information Summary

Find out about free tax forms, tax help, useful websites and telephone numbers, printing charges, and what librarians can offer at the Newton Free Library.

 

 

***IMPORTANT! ***  The IRS announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021.  

The new deadline for Massachusetts taxpayers has been extended for both filing individual income tax returns and making payments from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021.  

The extension date of October 15 for personal income tax filing has not changed.  

The date for making an extension payment has been changed from April 15 to May 17.  

Estimated payments due April 15 are not impacted by the date change and remain due on April 15.  

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Tax forms at the Newton Free Library

Each year during tax season, the NFL offers a supply of frequently used federal and Massachusetts income tax forms and instructions to the public. The forms are free while supplies last.  Taxpayers may obtain forms and instructions online or through the mail.  Please allow 7 to 15 days for the order to be processed and shipped. 

Tax Forms and Resources - as of April 13, 2021

While most IRS tax forms, instructions and publications will be available electronically on IRS.gov by the beginning of the filing season, the printing and distribution process for printed products will take longer to complete.

 

All forms will be on the long table directly behind the first floor copier and scanner - near the back stairs.  

We have received 1040 and the new 1040-SR booklet.  Form 1040-SR is used by taxpayers age 65 or older.  This 1040 booklet contains numbered schedules 1 - 3 and Schedule LEP.  This booklet does not contain instructions. 

Forms 1040A and 1040EZ will no longer be used.  

Schedule 1 - Additional Income and Adjustments to Income

Schedule 2 - Additional Tax

Schedule 3 - Additional Credits and Payment

Schedule LEP - Request for Change in Language Preference

 

The 1040 instruction booklets have arrived as of January 28th

 

**The IRS sent errata sheets for the 1040/1040 SR Instruction Booklet.  This errata sheet is next to the IRS instructions (on the Tax Table) 

The error is on page 92 of the 1040 Instructions - on line 3.  The sentence should read "Enter the amount from Form 1040 or 1040-SR, line 9."

 

Massachusetts Resident Income Tax Booklets - Form 1 2020 have arrived as of January 28th

Form 1 -- Massachusetts Resident Income Tax -- have arrived

Form 1 -- Massachusetts Nonresident or Part-Year Resident Income Tax --  have arrived as of February 8


Websites and useful Telephone numbers

Massachusetts State

  • Mass. tax forms and instructions can also be obtained via the Massachusetts Department of Revenue webpage www.mass.gov/dor

  • For Mass forms (etc.) you can also call the Department of Revenue at (617)887-6367 or 1-800-392-6089

  • Filing addresses can be found by typing "filing address" in the search box


Federal

 

Federal tax forms and instructions can also be obtained via the IRS website www.irs.gov

  • For federal forms (etc.) you can also call 1-800-829-3676

  • Filing addresses can be found by typing "filing address" in the search box


Printing

The copiers are not available at the Newton Library at this time.  The librarians at the Reference Desks will print copies of tax forms for all patrons at no cost.  Printing of instruction booklets will be .15/page.  We have received 1040 Instructions on January 28th.

 

What librarians can offer

Newton Free librarians may not offer any tax advice on what forms you need. Reference staff can assist patrons in finding tax forms online. We also have copies of "J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2021" to help you find the information you need.

 

Tax help for the 2021 Season -- Newton Library AARP Tax-Aide has finished for the season! (Listing #1 below).  For service referrals patrons can still call (617)942-0403.

 

** The Newton Senior Center AARP tax program (#2)  will continue through the end of April -- slots are still available.  Call Elizabeth at (617) 796-1665

There are 2 local locations/programs that will provide tax help this year:

1.  The AARP Volunteer tax team which comes each year to the Newton Free Library will be taking appointments and working at the Newton Cultural Development Office located at 1294 Center Street in Newton Center.  

All tax preparation is now by appointment only, no walk-ins due to COVID restrictions.  The appointments will be on Saturdays between 9 am and 1 pm in the location noted above, not at the Main Library. Taxpayers can call or make an appointment by email beginning on January 25th.  Please call: (617)942-0403  or email: taxaidenewton@gmail.com.  The first available day for appointments is February 13.  

Taxpayers will require two visits - one to drop off papers for scanning and one a week later to pick up and sign the return.  COVID constraints will probably mean that fewer returns are completed than in previous years.  

 

2.  The Newton Senior Center will be offering the AARP Tax help by appointment to low-to-mid income seniors with simple returns and  income less than $70,000 per person or $85,000 per couple. Starting January 19th you may call the Senior Center at (617)796-1660.  Appointments will run from early-February through mid-April, barring further COVID restrictions.

Once you make an appointment, you will receive a confirmation letter that lists documents you will need, including: 2019 Federal and MA tax returns; Social Security Cards and a government-issued photo ID; documents showing interest and dividends, including year-end brokerage statements; Forms showing pension and IRA distributions, including 2020 Social Security Statement; Real Estate tax bills, mortgage statement, water and sewer bills; Home assessment (2020); Rent (monthly or annual) and landlord name and address.

On the day of your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early, with your paperwork in order.