VT Dept of Taxes Helpful Information

Tax Season 2020: Reminders and Resources

The 2020 tax season opened on Jan. 27! Following are a few reminders and resources for Vermont taxpayers from the Vermont Department of Taxes:

Reminders

*January 27: Official date the IRS and Vermont will begin accepting personal income tax returns

*April 15: Due date for federal and Vermont personal income taxes, Homestead Declaration, Property Tax Credit, Renter Rebate, and Extension of Time to File

Report ALL income: The most common problem that holds up processing is when the taxpayer does not report all income earned for the tax year. Be sure to wait for all forms W-2 and 1099 before filing. These documents should arrive by January 31.

Double check your tax forms for accuracy: Sometimes the simplest mistakes (math errors or transposing numbers in a Social Security Number) or omissions (taxpayer didn’t sign the form) may delay your tax refund. Be sure to double-check your return before submitting it.

E-filing: The Department of Taxes encourages taxpayers to file their personal income taxes electronically using commercial software. In general, e-filing results in improved accuracy and faster refunds.

Free File: More than half of Vermonters were eligible to e-file their federal and state taxes for free last year, but only 5% of those eligible actually used Free File. Check out Free File at tax.vermont.gov/free-file to see if you qualify to e-file for free.

Forms W-4 and W-4VT: Now is a good time to review and update your tax withholding on Form W-4 and W-4VT so your employer will withhold the correct amount of taxes from your paychecks in 2020.

Resources

tax.vermont.gov: The Vermont Department of Taxes website is the best resource for Vermont taxes.

tax.vermont.gov/individual/filing-season-update: 2020 Tax Season update and press release

irs.gov: The IRS provides a comprehensive website with federal forms, instructions, and more.

myVTax.vermont.gov: Free e-filing is available through myVTax for your Homestead Declaration, Property Tax Credit Claim, Renter Rebate Claim, and Landlord Certificate.

tax.vermont.gov/free-prep​: Free in-person tax help is available for qualifying taxpayers through IRS VITA/TCE, AARP, and the MyFreeTaxes Partnership.

tax.vermont.gov/forms: If you want paper tax forms/instructions or the Vermont Income Tax Return booklet for tax year 2019, download them for free from the Department’s website as fillable PDFs and print them, or you may order them (see below).

tax.vermont.gov/form-request: Order tax forms or the Vermont Income Tax Return Booklet by 1) using the online form or 2) calling the forms hotline at (802) 828-2515 or (855) 297-5600 (toll-free in Vermont) or 3) emailing

tax.formsrequest@vermont.gov. Include your name, mailing address, a daytime phone number, the form number and title, and quantity. If you order six or more forms/instructions in a calendar year, there is a fee of $1.00 per form and $3.00 per booklet.

myVTax.vermont.gov: Find the status of your income tax return or refund by clicking “Check the status of your return” on myVTax.

tax.vermont.gov/fact-sheets: Find fact sheets, guides, and more on the Department’s website.

tax.vermont.gov/identity-theft: Learn how to guard against identity theft and tax fraud and what to do if you become a victim.

Questions?

Call the Taxpayer Services Call Center (802) 828-2865 or (866) 828-2865 (toll-free in Vermont) Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email tax.individualincome@vermont.gov

Visit 133 State Street, Montpelier, Mon-Fri, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Memory Tree 2019 Lighting 12/8 at 4pm

Here is the form to print.

24th ANNUAL MEMORY TREE 2019

The Whiting Volunteer Fire Department established the Whiting Memory tree 24 years ago to honor the memory of Vicki Grandchamp, a Whiting teenager who died in an accident. It has become a community event for all who wish to remember those who have died, by purchasing one or more lights on the memory tree.


How can you participate? Individual lights may be purchased on the Tree in memory of a loved one. Lights are $1, and you may purchase as many as you wish, including more than 1 light per individual. Names of those being remembered will be published, and also posted at the Town Clerk’s Office. Those having more than one bulb purchased will be indicated in this manner: John Doe (3), Jane Doe (2).


December 4th- To be assured of inclusion in the reading of the names ceremony and the Town Report, we need to receive your names and check no later than December 4th. This annual event benefits the Fire Department, adds a beautiful lighted tree to the community and allows you to remember a loved one in a meaningful way. This event has come to provide a “coming together” of the community for an evening of remembering and celebrating.

Mark Your Calendars – Join us at the Fire Station for the tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 8th, at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. We hope your family will attend and take part in the brief ceremony. If you would like to be involved (music, bake cookies, serving, etc.) contact Stacey Freeguard (623-6065) or Chief Steve White (462-2336).

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BEFORE December 4th to ensure inclusion of a light and a name to the published list.

Make checks payable to: Whiting Fire Department. Send to Stacey Freeguard, 254 Stickney Rd. Whiting, VT, 05778.

Indicate the name(s) and how many light bulbs you would like in that name. $1 for each bulb purchased. One name per $1, please! Please, no pets.

Don’t Flush It! Brochure

Click here for: Printable Brochure

Most of us are familiar with the damaging effects of phosphate pollution and e. coli contamination in Vermont’s lakes.  Unfortunately, our contribution of pollutants doesn’t end there. The typical Vermont household flushes, pours, spills, or spreads a wide range of other harmful materials and chemicals:

  • Fats, oils, and greases (FOGs) such as bacon grease and frying oils clog pipes, pumps, and tanks;
  • Fibrous materials such as paper towels, tampons, Q-Tips, dental floss, hair, and so-called “flushable” wipes cause treatment system blockages that are expensive to repair;
  • Solid objects such as tampon applicators and cigarette butts, and plastic films such as product wrappers also cause clogs;
  • PPCPs – pharmaceuticals and personal care products — such as antibiotics, anti-microbials, birth control pills, insect repellent, hair dyes, and laundry products end up in groundwater, rivers, and lakes, harming aquatic ecosystems;
  • Chemicals used in the garage, lawn, and garden – degreasers, solvents, waxes, paints, antifreeze, fertilizers, insecticides, and weed-killers — wreak havoc in aquatic ecosystems, causing animal deformities and upsetting food chains.  


In homes with private septic systems, these contaminants impair system effectiveness and enter groundwater flow; also, when private septic tanks are pumped, the material is often taken to a municipal plant for treatment (see following).

Homes on town/city sewers release these contaminants directly to the inflows of their public wastewater treatment facilities.  The FOGs and solid materials cause blockages, requiring repairs and costing taxpayers money.  Many of the harmful chemicals cannot be detected or removed by facilities, so too many end up – invisible, but damaging – in our natural waters.

The only remedy is to prevent them from entering the water in the first place.  That means we, as individuals, need to learn what NOT to allow into our wastewater (and stormwater), and how to properly dispose of pollutants.

Thanks to the LCBP grant, GMWEA is now developing a series of four informational brochures, to be sent to every city and town in Vermont.  Delivered to ratepayers with water/sewer bills, the brochures – along with website/blog postings and other media coverage – will inform Vermont households about how to reduce their outputs of ecosystem-damaging chemicals/materials and how to dispose of them properly.