Tax Forms Available: Via the Web and Locally
Five plus years of forms and instructions are available for federal taxes and for most states via the World Wide Web. The federal and Massachusetts forms from the sites featured below must be viewed in PDF format, using Adobe Acrobat. In addition to more common forms, the U.S. site includes such forms as Certain Gambling Winnings (W-2G) and U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return (1040NR).
To find forms by topic or keyword, use the Search feature. Instructions for each form are online, as is as a link to help via e-mail and help-line phone numbers. The Massachusetts site has links to other state Revenue departments and forms where available.
- Forms & instructions
- E-mail help
- Phone help numbers
- Where to file
- Some forms from prior years
Can I file my taxes electronically?
Both federal and Massachusetts tax returns can be filed via the Internet or by telephone. Refunds are usually available sooner using these methods.
Where do I get paper forms without downloading?
Baker Library will have major federal forms on-site in early February.
The post offices in Spangler Center and Harvard Square also have major federal and Massachusetts forms.
Tax Preparation Software:
Baker Library does not have any tax preparation software available to its users. Here are some suggestions:
IRS Free File: The Free File program is a free federal tax preparation and electronic filing program for taxpayers who meet a certain income level.
Other tax preparation software/services: This list was compiled by the IRS and includes a number of options. All are IRS eFile-authorized partners, but costs for products vary.
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
If you're a tax junkie whose interest in tax and tax theory goes beyond that of simply paying what you owe on time, you'll love this meta-site. Besides the obligatory links to federal and state personal income tax information, this site includes information on business tax, international tax, and accounting.
TaxCut.com-- “Cut Your Taxes”
Provides lists of typical ways to cut your tax bill.
H&R Block Tax Calculators
A quick and dirty way to estimate what you'll be getting back - or will need to pay. Also has links to information on deductions & credits and on recent tax law changes.
IRS Tax FAQ
Answers to common tax questions, arranged by category and by keyword.
Tax Topic 352: Which Form - 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ?
An easy way to find out which federal tax form you should use.
Tax Trails from the IRS
This is an automated Web Q&A procedure to give you answers for your specific tax situation.
Highlights of Recent Tax Law Changes
From the IRS. Includes changes effective in 2005, 2006 and forward.
Access to US and UK tax forms, research, statistics, and other tax related information.
Federal (back to 1991) and state forms.
This easy-to-use site is arranged by topic, including Exemptions, Avoiding Common Errors and Your Chances of an IRS Audit. Also includes tax tables and rate schedules.