State income tax forms harder to find
By LaTina Emerson | Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

If you want Georgia and South Carolina individual income tax forms, don't wait for them to come in the mail.

Starting this year, the departments of revenue in both states have discontinued the mass mailing of tax booklets to save money, improve efficiency and go green. They will, however, mail the booklets upon request, according to department officials.

Both states are encouraging taxpayers to file electronically.

Georgia taxpayers who filed a paper return last year received a notice of the change in the mail. The Georgia department reports that it printed 800,000 booklets last year and mailed 550,000 of them directly to taxpayers at a cost of $500,000.

It found 28 percent of the booklets were used. By mailing them only upon request, the state expects to save 75 percent.

So far, the office has mailed 18,000 booklets and expects to mail 10,000 next week, said Reg Lansberry, a tax specialist at the Georgia Department of Revenue.

South Carolina expects to save about $271,000. The change is expected to affect fewer than 10 percent of the state's taxpayers, according to a release.

Taxpayers hoping to find the state tax booklets at a library might be out of luck. The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library on Greene Street and the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta are still waiting for shipments.

The supply will be limited, said Barbara Walker, a library manager at Nancy Carson Library.

Reference librarian Adam Burton said he called the state office and was told a printing problem was delaying the booklets. The Carson library will receive 541 booklets, Burton said.

Officials at the Augusta and North Augusta libraries said they're going to keep the forms behind a desk so people won't take more than one. Both libraries plan to swap a few forms to accommodate taxpayers who need state forms from the other state, said Nancy Carver, the head of public services at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

Carver said she has ordered 40 cases of state individual income tax forms and isn't sure why she hasn't received them.

Taxpayers can print the state forms at the libraries for 20 cents a page, Walker said. Or they can be printed from the departments' Web sites.

The Aiken County Library received its state tax booklets two weeks ago, but the 550 copies have been given out, manager Michael Swan said..

The Columbia County Library has about 250 to 300 Georgia individual income tax forms, administrative assistant Eric Fall said.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

TAX BOOKLETS

The Georgia and South Carolina departments of revenue have discontinued the mass mailing of individual income tax booklets. Taxpayers can, however, receive a copy of the 2009 forms upon request.

GEORGIA:

- Call (877) 423-6711

- Visit www.dor.ga.gov

SOUTH CAROLINA:

- Call (803) 898-5320l

- Visit www.sctax.org/Forms and Instructions/default.htm

- Call Fax-on-Demand at (800) 868-3676

Taxpayers can also contact their local Department of Revenue offices for state tax forms:

- Georgia Department of Revenue,130 Davis Road, Augusta; (706) 651-7600

- South Carolina Department of Revenue, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29214; (803) 898-5000

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