It’s Tax Season Again!

Tax season is here again, and this year, a lot has changed. Be sure to have your taxes ready for the April 15th deadline.

Late in 2017, Congress passed a sweeping new tax bill changing many things in our tax code. Tax brackets have changed; deductions have changed; some former exemptions can no longer be claimed; and some credits have altered or disappeared. Just as we shared last year, here is a side by side comparison of the code before and after the law: https://www.factcheck.org/2017/12/guide-tax-changes/. At the state level, Missouri also passed a tax bill in 2018, making more changes for the state. Find out more here.

This year, there is only one federal form to file: the 1040. There is no A or EZ this year. The form is also shorter, but you may need to check out the revised tax schedules to help: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/schedules-for-form-1040.

If you or someone you know needs help filing taxes, AARP volunteers will be at our Harrisonville branch and Northern Resource Center through April helping individuals file their taxes:

Harrisonville
Wednesdays & Thursdays from February 6th to April 11th.
Call 816-372-4473 to make an appointment.

Northern Resource Center
Mondays from February 4th to April 15th, Friday, February 22nd, and Friday, March 1st.
Call 816-331-0049 to make an appointment.

Library staff cannot give any tax advice or suggestions on which form(s) you may need, but AARP may be able to help. Call and make an appointment today.