Only 1 in 5 NH taxpayers file taxes by mail
"Pen and paper," the Manchester carpenter said. "It hasn't failed me yet."
Every year, more Granite Staters - both by percentage and gross numbers - are filing their tax returns electronically.
"People filing electronically can expect their refund in two to three weeks depending on whether they choose direct deposit." Riley said in an e-mail. "If you were to file on paper, it can take six to eight weeks to get your refund."
Riley said the October government shutdown delayed IRS prep work, pushing back the date when the IRS started accepting returns.
"We were a couple of weeks behind, so we didn't start accepting returns until Jan. 31," Riley said in a telephone interview from New York.
"Some of the post offices and libraries stock them; a lot of them are not stocking them," she said.
"I do a lot of reordering," said Amy Hanmer, the city librarian in charge of government documents, including IRS forms. She joked by calling herself a "stockboy for four months."
"They seem to be people who don't use the library on a regular basis," Hanmer said. "A lot of elderly come in to get them."
"I know a lot of young people like to do it online," she said.
"We do get people who want to use TurboTax to do it online" using the free library computers, she said.
"People are coming in slower this year," said Bourgeois, owner of R.P. Bourgeois & Co.
But things change when the calendar flips.
"In March and April, it's how much am I going to pay," he said.
The average refund was $2,458 for Granite Staters in 2012, the most recent year available.
"We made the decision not to offer tax preparation this filing season at any of our walk-in sites primarily due to the steady growth of electronic filing options and the availability of thousands of volunteer sites," Riley said in an e-mail.
"To minimize the impact on those who came to a Taxpayer Assistance Center last year for return prep, we sent them a postcard advising them of this change and encouraging them to use Free File or" use a volunteer income tax assistance program (VITA) site.
The VITA program helps people who make $52,000 or less prepare and file their tax returns for free.
"These are generally the same requirements as previously used for return prep in IRS offices, so the same population can be helped at volunteer sites," Riley said.
But some people continue going it alone.
Peace, who noted he's computer literate, said it takes him about a half hour to fill out his 1040EZ form.
Peace picked up forms not only for himself but also for his dad, Paul.
"I'll let him do it, and I'll look it over," he said.
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