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Free Forms and Tax Help

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

Volunteers from AARP will be at the Main Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!).

Volunteers will be at the Library Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 4:45 pm, February 5th through April 10th. Appointment recommended, call (207) 518-8579 Click to see other AARP tax assistance sites in Maine.  

CA$H Maine, a division of the United Way, also offers tax assistance with some income stipulations – Learn more here. 

There have been changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State of Maine Revenue Services (MRS) are distributing print tax forms. Please follow the links below to learn more and to find out how to obtain tax forms. 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has redesigned form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ into just form 1040. These are the only forms that will be available to readily pick up at the Portland Public Library and its branches. These forms should be at the Library by the beginning of Monday, 28 January 2019. 

You can download and print forms, instructions or publications by visiting IRS.gov.  You can also order the forms to be sent to you from the IRS by clicking here or calling 1-800-829-3676 .

The Library does not receive 1099 forms. They must be ordered directly through the IRS. 

How to get a Maine Individual Income Tax Booklet; 

  • Booklets and forms are available for download from the Maine Revenue Services website at maine.gov/revenue/forms
  • Individuals taxpayers who would like to have a booklet mailed directly to them may order online at maine.gov/revenue/forms/FormsReq_form.htmlor call the form line at 207-624-7894 (leave your name and mailing address) or write to the Maine Revenue Services, P.O. Box 9107, Augusta, Maine, 04332-9107 

Maine no longer applies for the Rent Rebate refund separately in the fall.  This refund is now included in your income tax filing. It is one of the first questions on the form.

Pine Tree Legal provides more information on this and explains how to claim this refund if you DO NOT file a Maine income tax form. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Research Desk on 207-871-1700 X 725 or reference@portlib.org

We are happy to help! 

 


PPL Business; Top 15 Small Business Blogs/Websites to follow in 2019

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

 

It’s a new year… start small, think big. PPL Business is happy to share with you fifteen business blogs and websites to follow as we start 2019, courtesy of Blog-rank. Over 20 different factors are used to rank the blogs in any category. Learn more about our ranking logic.

 

PPL has unlimited access to some of the world’s best business books and databases whose content you can’t generally find on the Internet. Visit us at portlandlibrary.com or at one of our locations.

And don’t forget to enjoy some light reading with these PPL Staff Picks.


Business Breakfast Forum: Innovative Retail.

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Adults | Business | Government

Shopping, whether in store or online, has become a magnet for innovation. Pick a product off a shelf and see a video display of its uses. Overwhelmed by online choices? A personal shopping guide is at the ready. Concierge services are becoming the norm as retailers offer customized convenience in exchange for your purchase. Join our next free Business Breakfast Forum to hear from some Maine companies at the fore of these innovations, and where they are going next.

This event takes place before the library officially opens, so please enter on Elm Street.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Program starts at 7:45 a.m. Street parking is free until 9:00 a.m.

Hosted by Business editor Carol Coultas. Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She’s been the business editor at the Press Herald, overseeing an award-winning staff, since 2014.

Please register here 

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