VT No Longer Offering Tax Booklets to Town Clerks, Libraries

Published 02/10 2014 05:56PM

Updated 02/11 2014 11:04AM

CORRECTION: Only about 5% of state tax filings are done through tax books. About 30% of all tax books distributed last year were actually used for tax returns.

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Tax season can be a complicated time for many of us, but a change in Vermont state policy is making it even tougher for some people.

It's not that there's anything added to the process that's making it harder, rather it's been subtracted. For years you could come here to Fletcher Free Library or your town clerk and pick up the state income tax return book. This year the Vermont Department of Taxes has stopped distributing the books.

The department says about 18,000 people used the books to file their taxes last year. That's less than 30% of the total of tax books distributed last year, which was 64,000.

Since more people are doing their taxes online, there's information at libraries and town offices about how to file online or get a tax book delivered to your home.

The town clerks we've talked with say the transition has been nightmarish or a disaster as hundreds of people come in for books only to learn they're no longer easy to access. From clerks to librarians almost everyone is upset with how this paperless transition has happened.

The tax booklet and forms may be found online by visiting www.tax.vermont.gov.

Paper copies of the booklet and forms may be ordered by emailing taxforms@state.vt.us or by calling the toll - free number (855)-297-5600. The request should include full name, mailing address, form numbers and quantity of forms needed.

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