The simplicity and stress-less-ness of Thanksgiving — as compared to Christmas, at least — must account for its great appeal, outside of the obvious food factor. Its association with and historical memorial to the Pilgrims of 1621 cannot be wholly denied, and can serve to remind us of the great stresses that were once endured in order to further simple truths, convictions, ideals, and most importantly: freedoms. There is a wealth of sources available that speak directly from these folks themselves. It seems the first Thanksgiving was, in a way, just a traditional harvest feast, complete with beer and plenty of meat (venison and game foul primarily — including wild turkeys). The causes for lasting relevance could be accounted to the presence of more native Americans than pilgrims in attendance, and the hope that the abundance of the harvest, and other naturally occurring food resources, instilled in them for their future success (and therefore, ours) in this new land of liberty. Continue reading “Partakers of Plentie”
“We are tied down, all our days and for the greater part of our day, to the commonplace. That is where contact with the great thinkers, great literature helps. In their company we are still in the ordinary world, but it is the ordinary world transfigured and seen through the eyes of wisdom and genius. And some of their genius becomes ours. . .” – Mortimer J. Adler
Dr. Adler, notable American educator and philosopher, believed the reading of various forms of classical literature not only the means necessary to instill students with the skills to become excellent life-long learners, but also the means to be fully engaged citizens. He collaborated with the University of Chicago to develop a course rich in the Great Books of the Western canon for the purpose of helping adults fill in the gaps of their education; to render the reader as an intellectually rounded participant in humanity, and knowledgeable of the great ideas developed in the course of three millennia.
Schmaling will have some of these Great Books on display upstairs in the fiction section temporarily, while many others may be found in the non-fiction section (literature: 800 – 900). There are also gobs of lists available on the interwebs swollen with reading suggestions to aid you in this venture. Here are a couple to get you started:
Schmaling Memorial Library now has the following tax forms available on a first come, first serve basis:
- IL-1040 Form (limit 2 per patron) and Instruction booklet (limit 1 per patron)
- Schedule ICR (will be available by the end of the month and will also have a limit of 2 per patron)
In the event of the L-1040 Instruction booklets running out, we have two copies reserved: one for in library use only, and one for checking out (to patrons in good standing).
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However, the following are several links that will hopefully assist you in the exciting endeavor of tax preparation: like printing the forms you specifically need, reading and/or printing the instructions for said forms, or even filing paperlessly (apparently that is not a word; oh well).
Federal Filing Links
- https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free – Provides two options: one provides free software (for those who qualify; based on income) that basically files your taxes for you (you just answer questions), and the other is e-filing which allows you to fill in all your forms online and submit them electronically (it’s also the link immediately below).
- https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd – direct link to creating an account in order to file your taxes completely online (e-file). Fill in all forms online, view instructions online, save your work, and then sign and submit your taxes all online. It even performs all basic calculations for you.
- https://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs – Just want to print off the forms and/or instructions you need? This is the page.
- https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers – Visit this page to find out more about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program; in general, both provide free assistance and counseling in tax preparation. I found four sites offering these services within 50 miles which you can see here.
- https://www.healthcare.gov/health-coverage-exemptions/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/health-coverage-exemptions/forms-how-to-apply/ – Visit to see if you will be responsible for paying a penalty for not participating in the Affordable Care Act , and/or to find out if you qualify for an exemption and to learn how to easily file for that exemption. Please note, you would use this site to determine if you qualify for an exemption or a reduced penalty but you will file the exemption on your tax return by including Form 8965. Here is the form, and here are the instructions.
State Filing Links
- http://tax.illinois.gov/#&panel1-1 – The home page for filing Illinois income taxes
- http://tax.illinois.gov/TaxForms/IncmCurrentYear/Individual/http://tax.illinois.gov/TaxForms/IncmCurrentYear/Individual/ – Visit here for a list of forms to print.
- http://tax.illinois.gov/MyTax/IL-1040.htm – File your IL state online (e-file).
- http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action – Visit here for information concerning AARP’s Tax Aide which offers free personalized tax filing assistance for certain individuals based either on income or age. They have many sites in our area.
Don’t let April 18th sneak upon you; instead let Schmaling assist you in your tax and small business informational needs. Also, ILLINOIS 1040 forms and instruction booklets are available at the main circulation desk.
Also, here are some hopefully helpful links for your business pursuits and tax filing.