Tax Resources and Information
Note that following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the IRS plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30.
The IRS has announced that individual and business taxpayers will no longer receive paper income tax packages in the mail from the IRS. The IRS is taking this step because of the continued growth in electronic filing and the availability of free options to taxpayers, as well as to help reduce costs.
There are numerous free options available for taxpayers to obtain tax products, tax preparation and assistance in filing their tax returns:
- Forms and instructions are available online (see links in right column below).
- All KDL branches will have paper copies of a limited number of popular forms available for free. Many libraries also have a master book of current Federal forms available for reproduction. Library staff can assist you in finding and printing tax forms, although legal and ethical codes prohibit staff from giving income tax advice or opinions. Normal printing and copy fees will apply to all tax forms printed from the internet or photocopied.
(Note that some printed forms may not be available until mid-February.)
- Depending on your age or income, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services — see specific information below.
Internal Revenue Service Home Page
Popular Federal Forms:
Do Your Federal Taxes
Michigan Department of Treasury
For other states' tax forms, visit http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/link.
Popular MI State Forms:
File your MI Taxes
Grand Rapids Income Tax
Walker Income Tax
Popular Local Forms:
Grand Rapids Income Tax E-Filing
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
Free tax help for individuals making $51,000 or less or who are 60 years of age and older. Trained volunteers provide tax return preparation assistance and, in many cases, free electronic filing.
IRS Free File
IRS Free File provides options for free brand-name tax software or online fillable forms plus free electronic filing. Everyone can use Free File to prepare a federal tax return. Taxpayers who make $57,000 or less can choose from 20 commercial software providers. There's no income limit for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, which also has free e-filing.
Free Tax Preparation Assistance — Kent County
Directory of free tax preparation services and resources available to assist low- to moderate-income people and senior citizens.
Local Tax Service Provider Map
Online map of various local commercial tax preparation providers.