To save money, tax booklets will no longer be at libraries

KINGMAN - Residents looking for Arizona income tax forms at their local library will be in for a surprise.

There are plenty of federal tax booklets, but no state income tax booklets. Mohave County libraries don't have them; neither does any other library in the state.

The Arizona Department of Revenue posted a notice to its Web site in November that because of budget constraints, the department was no longer accepting any orders for printed state tax forms.

Taxpayers must visit the department's Web site (www.azdor.gov), download and print off the tax forms they need. All the forms are free.

It is unknown if the department will mail copies of the standard forms to taxpayers this year. A call to a department official was not returned by deadline.

Residents can make copies of the current tax forms, instructions and schedules at the Kingman branch of the Mohave County Library at 15-cents a page, which can quickly add up.

A regular Arizona 140 Personal Income Tax form is two pages long and the instructions for it are 23 pages long for a total cost of around $3.75. The Schedule A form to itemize your state taxes and its instructions are another two pages.

The 140A "short form" and its instructions are only 14 pages long and cost $2.10.

The best savings is with the 140EZ form, which is only 10 pages long with its instructions and cost $1.50.

The Web site offers several "fill in" electronic tax forms, including the 140, 140A and 140EZ, that automatically calculate your taxes as you fill in the blanks on the computer screen. However, the program doesn't save the information or file the taxes electronically with the state. A taxpayer must print off and mail the forms to ADOR.