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IRS cuts back on paper, frustrating some

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

80-year old William Lani of Pearl City is the salt of the earth.

"I had 12 years in the service, the last unit I belonged to was the 442nd". However, a recent IRS policy shift has left him feeling salty.

"I want to obey all the laws, best as I can, but you to give me the book. Without it I can't obey the law" he said. Lani is talking about a lack of hard copy tax booklets available at local libraries and other places where they had been distributed in the past.

The IRS acknowledges there are less in circulation now.

"Over the past several years, we've been shifting our resources. More and more of our products are moving on to our website" said David Tucker of the IRS. Of the approximately 150 million federal income tax forms filed last year, 91 percent were done so electronically.

The availability of help at irs.gov is of little help to William, who admits he isn't computer savvy.

While the IRS is openly pushing people to go paperless, it still wants individuals to know there are resources for them if they do not have access to a computer. To order forms from the IRS directly, you can call their toll free number at 800-829-3676.

Additionally, the AARP can help. "For those folks over 60, they provide free tax preparation and can help them both submit taxes electronically and guide them through the process" said Tucker.

The number for the AARP is 888-687-2277. Volunteers can help people like William make the numbers add up, even if the IRS budget cuts don't.

"I don't know what kind of budget they have...but they collect the money, so don't tell me you don't have the money" he said with a chuckle.

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