Students need to prepare 2015 tax return to avoid deadline problems.
By Tim Hernandez
Students at this college can prepare themselves for the April 15 deadline for filing their annual tax return by gathering the necessary forms and instructions early.
The best local resource for forms is the San Antonio Public Library where students can pick up 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms.
Because of congressional budgetary cutbacks the library system will no longer carry the full range of IRS forms and publications available in previous years.
The instructions for the forms will not be available at the public libraries.
The library’s web site recommends calling ahead to verify that the required form is still available at the branch.
To view the locations, hours and phone numbers of the library locations, visit www.mysapl.org/locations.aspx.
If students cannot locate the forms locally or need instructions, schedules or a publication, they can visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov or call 1-800-TAX-FORM (829-3676) to request forms and publications be mailed to their home address.
In addition, the IRS website has the option of downloading PDF files of forms and publications, and they can also be printed directly from the website.
The library system allows visitors to print for a fee.
Students may also pick up forms and publications at the IRS office located at 8626 Tesoro Drive.
Students should call ahead at 210-841-2090 for hours and availability of specific forms.
Students can also make an appointment to receive tax assistance at the IRS office.
The library’s Income Tax Resource Guide at www.guides.mysapl.org/incometax provides other resources for students who wish to prepare their own tax return.
The IRS website offers students the opportunity to e-file their tax return.
Doing so requires an electronic filing PIN.
Acquiring an electronic filing PIN requires a student to provide a self-select PIN or their adjusted gross income from their 2014 tax return.
If a student doesn’t have either, they can get an electronic filing PIN if they meet either of the following eligibility requirements:
• They filed a 2014 Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ or Form 1040-SS (PR).
• Their return was processed by Nov. 21, 2015.
To file a tax return a student will need a copy of their 1098-T, Tuition Statement.
The Alamo Colleges website has a link at www.alamo.edu/1098t/ so students can access www.1098t.com to download their 1098-T.
Once the student has accessed 1098t.com they can click on ‘Access My Record’ at the upper left side of the home page.
A student using the website should read all of the instructions at the top and the bottom of the next page to determine how to proceed.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers free income tax services for eligible residents, has sites throughout the city during tax season, including St. Philip’s and Palo Alto.
Visit www.vitasa.org for more information.