Paper tax forms dropped in more South Bay libraries

(AP File)

(KTSF) Santa Clara County Library District has announced it will stop distributing paper tax forms beginning January, 2012. According to the district’s press release, the elimination of paper tax forms in all libraries are a benefit both environmentally and economically

Officials said they have seen a decrease in demand for paper tax forms over the years. They also point to other libraries in Santa Clara County, which aren’t part of the library district, that stopped making paper forms available a few years ago.

Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian says “The environmental impacts will be tangible as we will no longer need to transport and organize more than half a million printed forms and booklets, many of which end up recycled at the end of tax season.” District officials said they will reallocate resources to further improve core services.

For residents who prefer paper tax forms, they can download and print out the forms using public computers in all district libraries. A valid Santa Clara County Library District card is needed and printouts cost $.15 per page.

Some libraries also host free tax assistance from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Website:

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