Income tax time is an especially frantic time @ the Library. Tomorrow is the last day, and it can’t come quickly enough for me. From the beginning of January through when taxes are due in the middle of April, people are crazy looking for tax forms, instructions, and publications. People come in as early as January 2nd for forms… They must be getting BIG refunds! I dunno? These people need to chill, because chances are they won’t have all their 1099s and W2s until January 31st anyway.

Towards the end of the tax season, people come in looking for all kinds of obscure forms, and even tax advice. This is one of the three kinds of assistance that is expressly forbidden for public librarians to provide. We do not answer:

  • Tax Questions
  • Legal Questions
  • Medical Questions

We do not answer these types of questions because of the high liability involved if our sources are wrong, and nobody wants to get hit with an information malpractice suit. We will point people to State Statutes, and medical dictionaries, and give them the number for the IRS… But we DO NOT give any specific advice in these areas.

Around this time of the year, we also get a lot of people looking for form 4868. This is the Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. In fact, people will be looking for this form for weeks after the filing deadline even though the extension is required to be filed by the same deadline. What’s even better, is the inevitability of random people walking up to the Reference Desk in May, and June looking for a 1040 form. What the hell? The deadline is usually April 15th!

Take heed dumbasses – Uncle Sam is not amused by you.


~ by Woeful on April 16, 2007.

2 Responses to “Taxes”

  1. You guys don’t answer simple medical questions? So if someone asked you how to get rid of crabs you couldn’t point them to the nearest drug store?

  2. Haaaa! We would find a source, like a medical encyclopedia and then refer the person to what the crab experts have to say.

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