April is a good time to focus on finances, with the tax filing deadline rapidly approaching. Sedona Public Library is available to help answer your financial questions this month with individual tax help and tax forms. Year-round we offer many other financial resources.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is once again available to help you file your taxes. In Sedona volunteers are available at the Library on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 16 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Be sure to bring some form of photo identification (such as driver's license or passport), social security card, last year’s tax returns, and any wage and earning statements. For more information on what documents to bring visitwww.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/
The federal and Arizona tax deadline is Monday, April 18, due to Washington, D.C.’s Emancipation Day holiday falling on April 15 this year.
As you work on your taxes, why not take the opportunity to review your finances? Perhaps you feel in the dark about financial issues or would like to better manage your money and investments but don’t know where to begin. Sedona Public Library offers you resources for intelligent investing and making other financial decisions. Newspapers, magazines, and specialized publications are available to help increase your knowledge. The following resources are Reference Librarian Patricia Lowell’s recommendations:
Newspapers include both “Investor’s Business Daily” and “Barrons.” We carry the magazines “Money,” “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,” “Forbes” and “Fortune.”
We also subscribe to “Value Line,” a series of weekly economic and stock market reports. Value Line, the publisher, is an independent investment research and financial publishing firm, based in New York, founded in 1931. The subscription includes ratings and reports about stocks and companies in many different industries.
The aim of “The Outlook,” a weekly publication by Standard and Poor, is making sense of the market. It features topics of particular interest to investors: stocks, mutual funds and ETFs. Their credo is “intelligence for the individual investor.”
Sedona Public Library receives “The Kiplinger Letter” (published weekly) and “The Kiplinger Tax Letter” (published biweekly).
One extra special attraction that the library offers is the Investor’s Roundtable, a group that meets the first and third Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Quiet Study. They have been meeting since the early 90s, so have experienced numerous market ups and downs. Their purpose is to exchange information, ideas and techniques to make money (or at least minimize losses) in “the market.”
Investor’s Roundtable does not invest any money in common. They share ideas about the economy, markets, stocks, funds, bonds and various techniques of analysis and investment strategies. They extend an open invitation to anyone interested. For more information, call Vince at 282-6761 or Eric at 282-2921.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partially supported by the City of Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties. We also require donations and grants to fund our operations. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for April 1, 2016
Written by Virginia Volkman, Director