Curtis Library works with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to increase the availability of federal tax forms and publications by providing free tax products for the public to pick up at the Library. We have ordered tax forms and booklets from the IRS and we hope to receive them by the end of the January. Once they arrive, you may pick them up curbside. In the meantime, we can print forms and schedules for folks to pick up curbside. However we cannot print tax instruction booklets.
We will strive to keep this page as up-to-date as possible as we move into tax season and will share updates in the Curtis weekly e-newsletter. You may sign up to receive the Curtis e-newsletter here.
The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to Stay home and stay safe with IRS online tools. These IRS.gov tools are easy to use and available 24 hours a day. Millions of people use them to find information about their accounts, get answers to tax questions or file and pay taxes. You also have the option to order federal and state tax forms, instructions and publications you need to complete your 2020 tax return online or by phone from the Internal Revenue Service and the Maine Revenue Service.
Internal Revenue Service
Federal tax forms are available online at irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-3676. They will process your order and ship it by U.S. mail when the products become available. Per their website, most products should be available by the end of January 2021.
Due to COVID-19, most Maine IRS offices are currently closed. For updates, you can check their website or call the local offices listed below.
- South Portland office: 207-879-4683
- Augusta office: 207-480-6095
Maine Revenue Service
Maine tax forms are available online at maine.gov/revenue or you can order by calling 207-626-8475.
Free Tax Preparation
Due to COVID-19, a number of free tax preparation sites are closed for an undetermined period of time. As we find out more, we will update our website with details.
CA$H Coalition of Maine Offering Free Tax Preparation
In response to the ongoing pandemic, CA$H Coalition will be offering no-contact and minimal-contact services for the upcoming tax season. They offer two options to file:
1. Virtual. Take a picture of your tax documents (or scan them) and securely send them to our tax preparers online through GetYourRefund. A volunteer will contact you to get the process started and then one of our trained, IRS-certified volunteers will prepare and double-check your tax return to make sure it is correct before filing. Get a URL from your local tax site or upload your documents at this statewide URL after January 20th.
2. Scan and go or drop off. Bring everything to one of our local CA$H Maine sites. Volunteers will scan your documents and your taxes will be prepared by one of our volunteer tax preparers offsite. Check Locations & Contact for how to get started. **There will be several LOCAL sites that offer scanning services. They are not yet listed on the website, but will soon be announced!
Almost everyone can file electronically for free. The IRS Free File program, available only through IRS.gov or the IRS2Go app, offers brand-name tax preparation software packages at no cost. The software does all the work of finding deductions, credits and exemptions. It‘s free for those who earned $72,000 or less in 2020. Some of the Free File packages also offer free state tax return preparation. Taxpayers comfortable filling out tax forms electronically, can use Free File Fillable Forms, regardless of income, to file their tax returns either by mail or online.
Choosing a preparer
The IRS has several options for finding a tax preparer. One resource is Choosing a Tax Professional, which offers a wealth of information for selecting a tax professional. The Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications can help taxpayers find preparers in their area who currently hold professional credentials recognized by the IRS, or who hold an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion.
Other online help
The Interactive Tax Assistant answers general tax questions, including helping to determine if a type of income is taxable or if someone is eligible to claim certain credits and deductions. With changes to income and other life events for many in 2020, tax credits and deductions can mean more money in a taxpayer’s pocket and thinking about eligibility now can help make tax filing easier next year.
Taxpayers may qualify for credits like the Child Tax Credit and Child and Dependent Care Credit. Taxpayers whose dependent does not qualify for the CTC might be able to claim the Credit for Other Dependents. Individuals paying higher education costs for themselves, a spouse or a dependent, may be eligible to save some money with education tax credits or deductions. Additionally, low- to moderate-income taxpayers may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Taxpayers can check the status of their refund using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. The status is available within 24 hours after the IRS receives their e-filed tax return or up to four weeks after they mailed a paper return. The “Where’s My Refund?” tool updates once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so taxpayers only need to check once a day.