Subject Guides

 

06/24/2010 - 2:29pm

Occupational Outlook Handbook
A good choice for career planning. Gives descriptions, working conditions, employment projections, training required, earnings, and more. Created by  the U.S. Department of Labor.

Testing and Education Reference Center
Information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Find application forms, identify scholarships. Use test-prep ebooks. Practice Civil Service, EMS, firefighter, military, real estate and many more exams. Requires a CRRL library card for access.

06/23/2010 - 10:42am

Local Tax Information

IRS Local Office

1320 Central Park Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Phone: 540-899-9450
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 (Closes for lunch 12-1 and all federal holidays)

AARP Tax Aid Clinics
IRS-trained volunteers will be available to prepare simple tax returns beginning in January. All returns will be filed electronically. Appointments may be made one week in advance. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits. Taxpayers must bring social security cards, photo IDs, last year's return, and all other necessary forms and receipts (W2s, 1099s, etc.).

Snow Branch, CRRL
Begins 2/6/2010; ends 4/10/2010
8740 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA, 22553
Phone: 540-507-7565 (call for appointment during library hours beginning 1/23/2010)
Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00

Salem Church Branch, CRRL
Begins 2/3/2010; ends 4/14/2010
2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407
Phone: 540-785-9267
Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30 - 4:30

Dorothy Hart Community Center
Begins 2/1/2010; ends 4/15/2010
408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-372-1086
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 3:00
First come, first served
Due to the program’s popularity, we suggest you arrive prior to Noon; we make every attempt to provide same-day service.
 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Clinics
For all sites, the maximum 2009 income limit for a family is $49,000 (regardless of family size). Taxpayers should be eligible for the EITC to receive help at several Fredericksburg area sites. To get more information on eligibility and EITC clinics, taxpayers can visit Rappahannock United Way online or call at 540-371-5268. No appointments needed. Taxpayers must bring social security cards, photo IDs, last year's return, and all other necessary forms and receipts (W2s, 1099s, etc.), childcare provider's ID number, amount of any other income or economic stimulus payments if received, bank documents showing routing and account numbers if requesting direct deposit.
In the case of inclement weather, sites may be closed.

Headquarters Library, CRRL
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Phone: 540-371-5268 (call for information)
Tuesdays, January 19 - April 13, 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturdays, January 23 - April 10, 1:00-4:00 pm

Porter Branch, CRRL
Begins 1/20/2010; ends 4/14/2010
2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, VA, 22554-3972
Phone: 540-371-5268 (call for information)
Wednesdays 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tax Help for Elderly and Low Income
Trained volunteer tax preparers will be offering free assistance to elderly and low-income residents. For more information, contact United Way at 540-373-0041.

The Law Library of the Headquarters of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has additional legal information on taxes, especially of interest to tax attorneys. Please call 540-372-1144 for more information. Basic tax forms and some publications in print are available at all of our branches. Tax forms and publications can be printed out at all branches

Tax Forms and Pay Online

Federal Forms

IRS Forms and Publications
Download forms and instructions for the present year back to 1990. Adobe Acrobat Reader is freely available to download and use for viewing and printing documents. You may also read lengthy publications online, if you desire. Files may be searched by keyword. Some of the more popular forms are available in a "fill-in" version. This page also links to states' tax sites and electronic filing options. Also, visit their Tax Tips for 2009 for some handy tips.
AARP Online Tax Counseling
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides information to help you complete your federal tax return. Site offers frequently asked questions and an opportunity to ask questions of trained volunteers.

State Forms

Virginia Department of Taxation
Individuals are encouraged to file electronically using iFile. You can find Virginia tax forms from 1995-present online. Answers to frequently-asked questions and forms for businesses and estates can be found on the department's home page. You may also request that forms be mailed to your home, or download them in Adobe portable document format (.pdf) from home or in the library. Otherwise, forms are not being mailed out. 

Tax Forms from Other States
Get tax forms online from different states. Please note that not all states have this service.

Localities

City of Fredericksburg
Information about taxes is available through the Commissioner of the Revenue's office.

Spotsylvania County Office of the Treasurer: Pay Online
Spotsylvania residents can pay their personal property taxes, real estate taxes, and other county bills online using their credit cards.

Stafford County, Office of the Treasurer
This site has information about other county regulations. Stafford residents can pay their personal property and real estate taxes online

Westmoreland County, Taxes
Tax tables for real estate, machinery & tools, motor vehicles, sales & use, and public utilities.

Other links of interest:

You may have heard about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka, the Stimulus Bill). If you have questions about how the bill might affect you in the tax year 2009, please visit the IRS News Room for more information. The site highlights the benefits for those who purchase new vehicles or are first-time home buyers in 2009, as well as those eligible for the Making Work Pay Tax Credit (don’t know if you’re eligible? Visit the site to see the criteria). There are also tax implications for Social Security recipients, veterans, and railroad employees

A full summary of provisions is also available from the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means Committees.

 Calculators On-Line Center
All manner of useful calculators. Includes unit conversion, abacus, basic math, complex math calculators by specialty (fractals, curves, algorithms, etc.), slide rule and statistical calculators.

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
A truly comprehensive site that has policies, laws, tables, help guides and more for both federal and state taxes.

Tax Policy Center
Provides timely, accessible analysis and facts about tax policy to policymakers, journalists, citizens, and researchers via tax factsheets and analysis. 

09/27/2012 - 9:40am

Modern computers are many times more powerful than they need to be for most of the things we use them for.  Simply writing papers, surfing the Web, watching videos, playing games, etc. . . such tasks don't take full advantage of these machines' potential and when they're not in use, well . . . they're not in use.  They could be doing so much more. 

06/24/2010 - 4:04pm

Or at least its harmful rays.
Spending the afternoon outdoors without sunscreen is asking for trouble now and way into the future. Burn marks are not attractive. Wrinkles--or worse yet, possibly skin cancer--will eventually be a problem if you don't protect your skin now. You will definitely need sunscreen so go ahead and get it now before you're spirited off on a picnic or a trip to the beach. Look for the SPF rating of at least 15 and also make sure it has UVA protection. Apply it half an hour before going out and reapply it after getting in the water or sweating.

06/09/2010 - 2:40pm

If you love to try out new iPhone apps (and who doesn’t, when they’re free?), you’ll want to download two new apps that now include CRRL’s results. Called pic2shop and Book Bazaar, the apps are free and help you find library books when you’re out shopping. For example, if you’re at a bookstore and wondering if we have a title, scan the barcode with your phone and pic2shop will tell you if we have it. (Pic2shop is also great for comparison shopping for other items.) With Book Bazaar you can type in the title, author, keyword or ISBN. Either way, both apps are free and downloadable through Apple’s iTunes App Store.

This short video shows Pic2shop in action at a Border's book store.

If you've already purchased the RedLaser app ($0.99 in iTunes App Store) you can also get results from our library.

07/02/2010 - 9:53am

The Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes and distributes official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal Agencies, Federal Depository Libraries and the American public. The GPO is currently migrating their information from GPO Access to a new system called Federal Digital System or FDsys. FDsys is an advanced digital system that will allow the GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of government. Advantages to the new system include the ability for Congress and Federal Agencies to submit files and orders electronically to the GPO, Government information will reach a wider audience through the internet based system, preservation of information will be ensured even as technology changes, and the GPO will have greater control of the format of the information they receive. Movement from GPO Access to FDsys will be completed on a step by step basis, finishing in 2010.

There are several ways to conduct a search using FDsys. From the homepage in the left menu click on GPO Access - FDsys. On this page you can type a keyword in the text box and conduct a simple search. There is also an advance search option which allows you to select the publication and limit dates. You can also limit your search to full text, branch of government, category or citation. Selecting the help link provides you with information on conducting searches.