Rewarding Resources: Tax Information

Here is a bonus Rewarding Resources for February!  It’s a favorite topic of everyone: tax season.

Tax information can be found at the following places:

Federal tax information can be found at http://www.irs.gov.  The IRS provides a menu of ways to get help on tax subjects and they also have a good place to find all sorts of forms.

Pennsylvania tax information can be found at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us.  The state Department of Revenue has tax forms on its website, although it is more difficult to navigate than the IRS forms page.

Lancaster County tax information and forms can be found at http://www.lctcb.org.

If you haven’t heard of VITA Lancaster, check out their website at www.FreeTaxPrepLancaster.org.  VITA, a project of the United Way of Lancaster County, offers free tax preparation to those who meet income guidelines.  In 2014, VITA is at the Ephrata Public Library on Monday, Friday, and Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Call 717-291-5462 or 2-1-1 for more information or to schedule an appointment for an in-person tax preparation at one of their many sites, including the library.

There are goodies at their website, too.  These include a free place to file your taxes online if you meet income guidelines!

Keith L Greenawalt

 

Rewarding Resources: Business Resources

As you may or may not be aware, the Library System of Lancaster County has controversially elected to shutter its business program in order to redirect those funds to other areas of need (Do note that the Duke Street Business Center, a unit of the Lancaster Public Library, is not closing).  In terms of online resources, all of the business database subscriptions that are funded by the Library System will not be renewed unless another funding source can be found. Access to those databases will cease in the next few months, at different times depending on the specific databases.  Some subscriptions have already expired.

While the cancellation of the databases represents a very large loss, the Ephrata Public Library and the other member libraries that compose the Library System still have resources available to assist businesses:

1) First and foremost, we have trained librarians to help you with your information needs!

2) We still have our print and audiobook collections with materials on all aspects of starting and running a business.

3) The Ephrata Public Library still provides access to some online tools that have business applications

Universal Class has online courses to increase your opportunities for lifelong learning.

Mango Languages is an online language learning tool to help you master a foreign tongue!

Zinio provides access to digital magazines on your computer or mobile device, including some business publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

5) We have electronic  resources available through POWER Library, including Business Source Main Edition, which has general interest and business publications, including some company profiles.

6) We also have full-text access to the Lancaster Newspapers, dating as far back as the middle 1990s, through a ProQuest database.

7) Lastly, we have access to downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks through Overdrive.  There are currently 64 ebooks and 55 audiobooks in the “Business and Careers” category.

As you can see, Lancaster County public libraries still have a lot to offer!

If you have any questions regarding these resources, feel free to look me up at the library!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager/Reference Librarian

(717) 738-9291 ex 102 or kgreenawalt@ephratapubliclibrary.org