Changes are coming
Today, January 28, 2019, marks the start of the new tax season. With the full roll out of P.L. 115-97, the new federal tax law, you will need to prepare for some significant changes in how you file. Here is a brief summary of what to expect:
- The new Form 1040 – Gone are Forms 1040A, 1040EZ and the old 1040. This year, all taxpayers will be filing the same redesigned tax form.
The new Numbered Schedules – Should you need to supplement the new Form 1040, you will need to use one of six new schedules.
The traditional Form 1040 Schedules – Taxpayers who typically file the lettered schedules will still be able to supplement the new Form 1040 with these traditional schedules.
The new 1040 form and instructions will be available in the Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library, as well as some neighborhood libraries. Check your local neighborhood library to confirm availability.
Alternatively, IRS forms and instructions can also be obtained by submitting an online order or by calling 1-800-829-3676.
This season, you will also experience significant changes with Pennsylvania tax form availability. Due to policy changes, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has discontinued the practice of bulk orders for its publications.
What can you expect from this change? The Free Library of Philadelphia can no longer obtain state tax forms and instructions, as well as the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate form (PA-1000).
Alternatively, individual taxpayers may still be able to obtain Pennsylvania state forms using one of the following methods:
- Viewing and printing forms online
- Ordering forms online
- Submitting a telephone request: 1-888-728-2937
- Submitting a written request:
PA Department of Revenue
Tax Forms Service Unit
1854 Brookwood St
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2244
State tax forms should be available after the start of the new tax season. The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate form will be available in February.
Need filing assistance this season?
Local organizations will be on hand to assist your tax preparation:
- Campaign for Working Families – Tax sites open now. No appointments needed at most sites.
- PathWays PA – Tax sites open now. To schedule an appointment, call 610-543-5022 or 800-209-2914.
- AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program – Tax sites will open by early February for low to moderate income taxpayers. No age limitation. Appointments required. Call 888-227-7669.
- Parkway Central Library will also be hosting our fourth annual Financial Wellness Day for free tax preparation and financial planning resources on Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fair is offered through our partnership with the Campaign for Working Families and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
- Tacony Library will be offering laptops for patrons to reserve to do their taxes online, every Thursday and Friday starting February 1 and lasting until April 12.
Additional options for free or reduced cost filing include:
- Individuals earning under $66,000 annually may file for free using the United Way and H&R Block’s MyFreeTaxes, available for Pennsylvania residents and New Jersey residents.
- The Internal Revenue Service’s Free File program offers two file options based upon income.
- Households earning under $95,000 and individuals earning under $65,000 may consider the Benefit Bank Self-Serve tool to file taxes, apply for public benefits, or the FAFSA.
Don’t forget the Earned Income Tax Credit
Taxpayers between the ages of 25 and 65, as well as for those who may have a qualifying child, may be eligible for the federal EITC.