A shortage of paper tax forms for the public is prompting Senator Joseph Griffo to call the State Department of Taxation and Finance, urging them to immediately distribute a supply of the documents.

Griffo says a number of central New York residents have contacted his district office to complain that local libraries have been running out of the papers they need to file their state taxes.

Griffo says many of the constituents in his district do not have access to computers for online tax forms, and so they did not know where else to obtain the papers

“It’s tough enough that people have to spend their hard-earned money to pay excessive taxes in the first place, so we want to make sure they don’t have to go out of their way to track down the necessary paper forms,” said Griffo. “I understand the purpose of going paperless and cutting costs in state government, but we must also avoid making it harder for citizens to obtain copies of any documents if that’s their desire”

He says during his call, representatives with the Tax Department acknowledged there had been a issue compounded by resources and clerical error and indicated they were going to correct the problem.

The State Department of Tax and Finance has provided the following number that the public, as well as local libraries, can call if they would like to request tax forms: 518-457-5431.


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