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WSLL @ Your Service  no. 3 
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

Focus On: Tis the Season: Tax Resources Available @ WSLL and on the Web (updated 3/03)

Once again, individuals and businesses are turning their attention to filing tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue websites have made filing easier. The IRS website provides forms and instructions for current and prior years, publications, FAQs, and tax information for individuals and businesses. The DOR website contains current and prior years forms, FAQs, and helpful publications. Both sites have corporate, partnership, estate and trust, and individual income tax forms. Some forms allow you to enter information while the form is on screen. If you don't want to print a form from the15035 website, DOR will also fax or mail you tax forms.

Last year, 5 million tax returns were filed electronically by individuals using their own computers. Electronic filing websites and software walk you through your return by asking easy-to-answer questions, placing those answers in the forms, and making calculations for you. When the form is complete, your return is checked for errors, overlooked deductions, or missing information. E-filing products charge a fee, but you should receive your refund more quickly -- generally in 2-3 weeks. Approved e-filing websites and software can be accessed on the DOR and IRS websites.

WSLL staff can’t help you fill out tax forms, but we can assist you with tax information needs throughout the year using our extensive tax resources. WSLL receives the weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin and has the annual Cumulative Bulletins back to 1919. These contain IRS revenue rulings, revenue procedures, announcements, Treasury decisions, and notices. To access tax regulations and codes, use our current and historical sets of the U.S. Code, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations. Links to many of the above resources are available on the Legal Topics and Legal Forms pages of the Library's website. If you're interested in tax case law, WSLL reference staff can help you access the decisions of federal and state courts and administrative bodies. You can Shepardize court and administrative decisions, Treasury Dept. regulations, IRS rulings and procedures, and U.S. Code tax provisions by using print or online citators available in the Library. WSLL also has an extensive state and federal tax treatise collection.

If you have a tax information need or would like to locate an Internet resource, our reference staff will be happy to assist you.
 -- Amy Crowder

Future Focus On:  topics will include "Judicial Council Materials : A Very Special Collection", "Using Listservs & Mailing Lists", "Native American Resources @ WSLL", "How to Access & Use Legal Resource Index",  "What is BadgerLink?"

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Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!