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Danell Haspel: Last chance to file income taxes!

Taxes in America’ by Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod is one of several resources available at the Detroit Lakes Library to help finish off those last-minute income tax returns.

It’s the last minute scramble to file income taxes.

Are terms like depreciation, earned income, s corporation, EIN (employer’s identification number), AGI (adjusted gross income), and dependent swirling around in your mind?

We’ll all breathe easier on April 16.

Your library has the forms necessary for filing as well as other reading material on the topic.

“Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know,” by Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod.

Despite their passion and fury, contemporary Americans are remarkably clueless about how their tax system works.

But with heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation, an understanding of our tax system is of vital importance. “Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know,” offers a clear, concise explanation of how our tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be improved.

Accessibly written and organized in a clear, question-and-answer format, the book describes the intricacies of the modern tax system in an easy-to-grasp manner.

“Stand Up to the IRS,” by Frederick W. Daily.

IRS bills? Get the information and strategies you need to deal with the taxman.

The Internal Revenue Service is the taxpayer’s worst nightmare, and for good reason — a tax bill or other notice can come out of nowhere and wreak havoc on your life.

But now you can confront America’s most intimidating government agency with confidence.

“Stand Up to the IRS” reveals the tactics used by IRS and how to deal with them.

This book even contains confidential forms used by IRS agents during collection interviews and audits.

Library Happenings

  • Don’t miss the next Library Book Club, which meets the third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The April 15 selection for discussion is “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce, and the May 20 selection will be “One Summer – America 1927,” by Bill Bryson.
  • Kids and their families are invited to the Library on Thursday, April 17 at 3:45 p.m. for Egg Crafts!
  • Children and their caregivers are invited to the Library for story time events this week: Preschool Storytime on Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m., and Family Storytime on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

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Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.