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Need help doing your taxes? Stop by the library

The economic downturn has affected our lives in many ways, including how we do our taxes! According to Sandra Block reporting for USA Today, the number of taxpayers filing 2008 returns who electronically filed self prepared returns was up 17% from the same period a year earlier. So, if you are one of the millions of people doing your own taxes, your library is here to help. The books highlighted below are just a small sampling of what is available on the subject. The library also has a supply of tax forms and instructions, and if we don't have the tax form you need, we'll go on-line and print a copy for you at a nominal printing fee. However, there are certain forms that the IRS processes by using a scanner, so these particular ones can't be printed from the internet for use. We can help you order these forms from the IRS, if you don't have access to the internet. Good luck on a big return! Note: Library staff can provide assistance locating the forms you need to complete your taxes. They cannot, however, provide tax advice.

• Taxes 2009 for Dummies, by Eric Tyson, MBA, Margaret A. Munro, EA, and David J. Silverman, EA. Updated and revised for the 2008 tax year, Taxes 2009 For Dummies is the only tax guide on the market that walks readers through the major tax forms line by line, including the 1040 Schedules A through E. Filled with helpful tips and strategies for filing income tax returns accurately and on time, this book is aimed at individuals who want to do their own taxes without hiring a preparer. Financial expert Eric Tyson teams up with tax experts Margaret Munro and David Silverman to answer the most frequently asked tax questions in plain English.

• Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, by Attorney Stephen Fishman. For all your tax deductions, from start-up to success, you need to "Deduct It!" Completely updated for 2009 returns. Make more money for your small business by paying the IRS less. Let "Deduct It!" show you how to maximize the business deductions you're entitled to -- quickly, easily and legally.

• Stand Up to the IRS, by Tax Attorney Frederick W. Daily. 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.

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