[Libs-Or] tax forms

Hill, Cheryl chill at westlinnoregon.gov
Tue Feb 3 17:08:25 PST 2015

When I explain the situation to patrons (Congress cut IRS appropriations so we won’t have instruction books or schedules, yada yada yada) I usually get some response along the lines of “Baloney! The IRS has the money. They just choose to spend it elsewhere.” My suggestion that they contact their representative is sometimes met with “d*** Democrats!” or “d*** Republicans!” It will always be easier for patrons to gripe to the librarian sitting in front of them than to take the time to call their representative. And the vast majority of the upset patrons are seniors who exhibit signs of having about 0% trust in Congress or the IRS.

If anyone has found a good method of explaining the situation to patrons in a way that comes even remotely close to satisfying them, I’d love to hear it! :)


        Cheryl Hill
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Arlene Weible
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 3:24 PM
To: dan cawley; Libs-OR Listserv
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] tax forms

I posted the information about the cutbacks to TFOP on LIBS-OR a couple of weeks ago:

They did specifically mention that form instructions were not going to be sent. Giving patrons the option to order directly from the IRS is one option, but in general, support for paper delivery of tax publications is very minimal right now, due to appropriations cuts to the IRS.

I would suggest directing frustrated patrons to give their member of Congress, since they control the purse strings!

Also, send your stories to the ALA Washington Office, since they are another avenue for advocacy with Congress. Contact info:

Arlene Weible
Electronic Services Consultant
Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator
Library Support and Development Services
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem OR, 97301
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of dan cawley
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 3:08 PM
To: Libs-OR Listserv
Subject: [Libs-Or] tax forms

It's time for my traditional, annual, tax form gripe/inquiry.

As of 2/2/2015, we have received #340 1040EZ forms, #500 1040A forms, and PUB 17

Supposedly, TFOP has #500 1040 forms in transit.

This isn't even a close approximation of the initial order.

Our patrons are not exactly overjoyed.

Has anyone received booklets or will there be no booklets?

Any suggestions on soothing the masses?

Dan Cawley
Seaside Public Library


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