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Are You Ready for Tax Season?

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A lot of you have been calling in asking about tax forms! Some of the federal forms have started to trickle in, but no instruction booklets, local or state forms have arrived yet. Keep in mind, anything the library receives will be set out as it arrives. You may want to check with us to make sure we have the forms you need before coming in.

It is still a few days until the IRS will accept paper filing. With the government shutdown happening last year, the IRS postponed the start of tax season until January 31.  But, unfortunately for procrastinators, this does not mean the tax deadline will be any later! It is set by statute to be April 15 every year.

While there is no benefit to paper filing before the start of tax season, some online tax filing software are accepting tax returns now, and holding them until January 31.

Take a look at our 2013 Taxes Hot Topic post for information about forms, filing online, getting tax filing help and much more!

Sign into Consumer Reports from Home

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Consumer Reports database logo

There are many ways to access Consumer Reports at UAPL, but one of the handiest is to use your library card number from home to log in to the Consumer Reports website. Either click the preceding link and enter your library card number, or start from scratch:

  1. Go to the library’s website:
  2. In the top middle of the screen, hover your mouse’s cursor over “Research” until the drop down menu appears
  3. Click on “Databases”
  4. All the library’s databases are listed in alphabetical order - scroll down to “” and click on it.
  5. Type in your library card number
  6. Search or browse until you find the perfect refrigerator, car, or washing machine.  

If this is too much for you, feel free to come to UAPL and check out back issues of Consumer Reports magazine, or ask a librarian to show you how to find the information you need - we’re happy to help!

You can also access current and back issues of Consumer Reports through Zinio to get the latest edition delivered straight to your computer or device.