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Library Happenings – Library offers tax form options (Jan. 21, 2015 issue)

Between the cold weather and the rampant illness we have been enduring, January has been a dreary month. Under the circumstances, a nice long vacation in a warm climate has even more than the usual appeal. And television networks are catering to our dreams of sun and surf with programs like “Beachfront Bargain Hunt.”
As workers start to receive their Forms W-2 for last year, we are getting calls about the availability of tax forms. Since the filing season was slated to begin Jan. 20, I know that many of you are eager to get your refunds and take a vacation, pay Christmas bills or make a special purchase.
I recently received an update from the IRS. Since Congress significantly cut their appropriations, they will not be sending us the array of forms that we – and you – have come to expect. We hope to get sufficient quantities of Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, but we will not get the instruction booklets for them.
We also should receive reproducible copies of most tax forms and instructions that you may photocopy. In addition, you may use our public access computers to view and print forms and publications from the IRS.gov website.
Since patrons must pay for copies or printouts and instruction booklets contain many pages, I recommend you call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order the tax products you need and have them delivered by mail. Please call 743-6533, if you have any questions about the availability of IRS tax products at your public library. And we wish you all many happy returns!
Spotlight Books
The news about recent releases is much better. Tami Hoag’s “Cold Cold Heart” explores traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Television reporter Dana Nolan suffers from both maladies after she is kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer. Having survived her ordeal and returned to her childhood home, she struggles to reclaim her life and memory by focusing on a mystery from her past. Who killed her best friend Casey Grant, who disappeared the summer after their high school graduation?
Stone Barrington returns in Stuart Woods’s “Insatiable Appetites.” For Stone, the good news that Kate Rule Lee has won the presidential election is tempered by news of his former father-in-law. Eduardo Bianchi is dead and – much worse – his daughter Dolce, Stone’s ex, has been released from the Italian convent where she had been confined after her last breakdown. More deadly than sweet, Dolce belies her name. Will Stone live up to his?