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Beware Tax Phone Scam

Con artists pretending to be IRS agents call unsuspecting taxpayers and tell them they owe money and must pay using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Those refusing to pay are threatened with arrest, deportation (many of the targeted victims were immigrants) or loss of a business or driver’s license. Estimates that at least 20,000 of these calls were made and victims have given over $1 million to the scammers, making this the largest tax scam ever. The real IRS  first makes contact by mail, not phone, about taxes due and they never ask for payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. For more info: Tax phone scam ‘largest ever’

By julie collins on April 5, 2014 Categories: Taxes

Federal 1040 Instructions have arrived

We received our first shipment of Federal 1040 Instructions this morning.  Tax forms are kept on the second floor near the Reference Desk.

By daleh on March 4, 2013 Categories: Taxes

Feb. 21, 2013: Community Resource Fair, Arlington Heights, IL

 The Illinois workNet Center will host a Resource Fair with organizations including:

-  the Anixter Center North, Catholic Charities, CEDA, Chicago Federation of Labor, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Disabilityworks, District 214, Frisbie Senior Center Des Plaines, Jewish Vocational Services, Journey, The Road Home, My Free Taxes, Safer Foundation, The Harbour, Inc.

The IDESis co-sponsoring this Resource Fair. This program is open to the general public.

“We are hosting this Resource Fair to meet the critical community needs by offering access to important services,”said Lisa Maentz, Associate Director Business and Career Services, Inc. Maentz added,“We feel it is especially important to provide access to these services under one roof .” To view participating organizations, visit workNet.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHO: Major resource agencies providing community support services access.

WHAT: Services include emergency/transitional shelter, Veteran’s Outreach, disability support, tax filing information, employment/job placement, re-entry support and more.

WHERE: IDES/Illinois workNet Center, 723 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL

By Patricia Smolin on February 15, 2013 Categories: Community, Economic, Housing, Taxes

Filing Taxes by Mail

Times are changing and while many taxpayers choose to file their taxes electronically, others still prefer to submit their forms by mail. The print shipments from the IRS and IDOR to public libraries have been delayed and reduced significantly this year.

The Library no longer has state instruction books available and IDOR will not be sending additional quantities of forms nor instructions  to the Library.  As of this date, the Library has not yet received the IRS instructions for the 1040 or 1040A.

To request forms to be delivered to you individually in print, you may call  the IRS or IDOR directly, or  download and print copies of forms, instructions, or publications.

Internal Revenue Service: 800-829-3676 (Note: delivery dates were impacted by late tax legislation.) http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Illinois Department of Revenue: 800-356-6302 (Note: the IDOR is encouraging filers to submit electronically and have limited the amounts of forms/instructions shipped to public libraries.) http://www.revenue.state.il.us/TaxForms/index.htm

The IDOR and IRS determine their own shipping dates.

Our Reference Desk would happy to help you access the IRS or IDOR websites to locate the forms you may need.

By Patricia Smolin on February 10, 2013 Categories: Taxes

Cook County Property Tax Portal

The Cook County Property Tax Portal is the result of collaboration among the elected officials who take part in the property tax system. The portal consolidates information and delivers Cook County taxpayers a one-stop customer service website.

Information is gathered from data provided by both the Cook County Treasurer and the Cook County Assessor.

By Patricia Smolin on October 30, 2012 Categories: Housing, Taxes

E-payments to Americans receiving federal benefit and non-tax payments

The U.S. Department of the Treasury moved in late 2010 to make all federal benefit payments electronic by March 2013, a change that will impact everyone nearing retirement and the more than 10 million Americans are already receiving benefits by paper check.  Please click here for more information to ensure benefits continue without interruption.

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Employment, Health, Seniors, Taxes

Small Business Jobs Act and the IRS

On Sept. 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, a significant piece of small business legislation. The tax provisions intended to lend support, tax cuts, and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Tax Information for Small Businesses also have a link for Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.
 
Additional info regarding detailed credits and translated IRS sites follow:
  
Hiring Credits:
English http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=220326,00.html
Spanish http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=220499,00.html
 
Health Care Tax Credit:
English http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=223666,00.html
Spanish http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=224438,00.html
 
Spanish
Business Page (Spanish): http://www.irs.gov/espanol/content/0,,id=162902,00.html
Spanish Information for Individuals & Businesses: http://www.irs.gov/espanol/
By MPPL on March 9, 2011 Categories: Business, Employment, Health, Insurance, Jobs, Taxes

The Tax Year 2010 First Installment Tax Bill Mail Date is 1/31/11: Due 4/1/11

  A law recently passed by the Illinois Legislature changed the First Installment due date for the Tax Year 2010 property taxes to April 1.  This will be a one-time change and will revert back to March 1 in following years. 

You may pay your taxes at any of 400 Chase Bank locations, by mail, or online.

By MPPL on February 3, 2011 Categories: Taxes

Printed tax forms delayed

The government's printing of many forms was delayed pending the approval of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010.

We expect that some state and federal materials should be available at local public libraries soon, but do not have an exact date. The Mount Prospect Post Office will no longer have state or federal printed tax forms available.

You may access some IRS forms online.  You may also request IRS forms and publications to be delivered by mail or call 800-829-3676 to place your order.

Illinois forms and publications are available at the Illinois Department of Revenue.  To receive assistance by phone, please call 800 732-8866 or 217 782-3336. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Our TDD (telecommunication device for the deaf) number is 800 544-5304.  IDOR also has a Business Hot Line that helps meet the needs of businesses and tax professionals. The Business Hot Line is available at 217 524-4772, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Local IRS offices can be located online.  They do not provide live phone assistance at any location's phone number, but you may call 800-829-1040 for individual tax information.

Federal 2010 estimated tax vouchers and Illinois 2010 estimated tax vouchers are available online too.

Seniors 65+ can schedule an appointment for tax preparation by contacting Human Services at the Village (847-870-5680). Non-residents are eligible too – this is a shared effort between MPVH and AARP.

By MPPL on January 4, 2011 Categories: Taxes

Illinois’ Tax Amnesty Program

State legislation signed earlier this year allows taxpayers an extension to pay overdue state taxes without penalty or interest.  Details of the program are available at the Illinois Government News Network or at the Illinois Department of Revenue.  The state’s Taxpayer Assistance Center representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-800-732-8866 or 217-782-3336.

By MPPL on October 5, 2010 Categories: Taxes