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 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:
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:
Additional options for free or reduced cost filing include:
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.