CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts taxpayers may be surprised to learn that they cannot access federal tax information as they have in the past.
Up until last year, you could find the federal booklets alongside the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s information at places like the Chicopee Public Library. This is the first year the IRS restricted the booklets to taxpayers downloading them online.
“People are surprised because we have carried them in the past and this is the first year we haven’t had them,” Carollynne Bagley of the Chicopee Public Library said.
The IRS explained they are trying to save money by not sending out the booklets to outlets such as public libraries.
22News weighed taxpayers pro’s and con’s of filing tax returns electronically or opposed to mailing it in.
“That’s the way my accountant does it,” DeJuan Brown of Springfield said. “He does it from a computer, prints all of the copies out, gives us a copy for our records and we mail it off to the IRS and DOR.”
Taxpayers 22News spoke with who now file electronically said that they will never go back to the old by-mail method.
“No way, It’s so much easier and the return time is so much faster,” Ronald Czelusniak of Chicopee said.
A Mass DOR spokesman in Springfield doesn’t expect to field too many taxpayer questions until after most people receive their W-2 forms from their employers.