Tax Forms Are Here
At last, following late year legislative changes, tax forms have been printed and delivered. Patrons who need paper copies of forms may find them at TCPL.
Beginning in the 1970s as a cost cutting measure, the IRS implemented its BPOL (banks, post offices and libraries) program to distribute tax forms and instructions through other outlets. Over the years, banks and post offices withdrew from the program, leaving public libraries as the only source of printed forms in local communities. The IRS has now discontinued mailing printed forms and instructions to taxpayers. Today, these forms may be accessed online, but for those who don't have Internet access, libraries are the only source.
State tax forms, however, are not provided to libraries. To encourage online filing, these are only available online.
Please note: TCPL is happy to provide federal forms, but staff are unable to advise about which form to use and are not able to answer any other tax questions. For further resources on state and federal taxes, visit our website and click on the top line: "2010 Tax Information Available".
Happy Chinese New Year
Tomorrow is the day Chinese welcome the New Year. Based on the lunar calendar, the date of the Chinese New Year varies between January 21 and February 21, falling on the evening of the second New Moon following the winter solstice. This is the Year of the Rabbit.
Among appealing books about this holiday is Young Chen's A Gift, in which Amy receives a gift for the Chinese New Year from her aunt and uncles who live far away in China. Young readers and their parents will enjoy trying Chinese New Year treats in Fun with Chinese Cooking by Frances Lee. Adults could try Gather: memorable menus for entertaining throughout the seasons by Georganne Brennan. Families will enjoy listening to The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
For a sense of life in China today, listen to Peter Hessler's River Town, available in the library's downloadable audio collection.
Wear Red Day Friday
Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? February is American Heart Month, and Friday, February 4, is National Wear Red Day. Each year cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly 500,000 women. Wear red tomorrow for all the women you know who have been affected by cardiovascular disease.
And read up on heart health using TCPL's Consumer Health Collection. We recommend Take It To Heart: the real deal about women and heart disease by Pamela Serure, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: the revolutionary, scientifically proven, nutrition-based cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, and Living with Coronary Heart Disease: a guide for patients and families by Jerome E. Granato. Visit the American Heart Association's website (www.americanheart.org) to learn Life's Simple 7 steps to protecting your heart health.
For more information or reading suggestions, visit www.tcplweb.org or call 988-2541.