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Business, Foundations, Grants, and Investments

  • ValueLine (limit: 8 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (in library link; limit 3 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (remote link; limit 3 simultaneous users)
  • Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing--finances, investments, etc.
  • Legal Forms Library—DIY legal assistance
  • Business Searching Interface
  • Small Business Reference Center--starting a company, operations, sales, rescuing a business, legal guides, etc.
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    FOUNDATIONS and GRANTS

  • Foundation Directory Online--delivering quality funding prospects
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online—find foundations that provide financial support for individual grantseekers.
  • Community Foundation of SWLA 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration: Grants
  • USA.gov for non-profits (Grants)
  • TUTORIALS

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn--tutorials: business, management, etc.
  • LearningExpress Library--explore tons of practice tests
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    COMMUNITY WEBSITES

  • SWLA Economic Development Alliance 
  • Community Foundation of SWLA 
  • LA Economic Development
  • Moss Bluff Economic Development
  • SCORE: Southwest Louisiana Counselor to America’s Small Business
  • Health

  • Smarter Brain with brainHQ
  • Consumer Health Complete--medical encyclopedias, reference books, etc.
  • Health Collection (Gale)—medicine, health, and disorders
  • Merck Manuals--a series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers. As a service to the community, the content is now available in enhanced online versions. The Merck Manual Online is updated periodically with new information and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions. NOTE: also includes vet manuals.
  • MentalHealth.org
  • health.gov
  • Dept. of Health & Hospitals
  • Affordable HealthCare Insurance Marketplace
  • LSU Health Sciences Center Genetics and Louisiana Families
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • Exceptional Lives offers free, easy-to-read resources for parents/caregivers of those with disabilities
  • Jobs, Careers, Scholarships, etc.

  • Library’s Employment page
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Employment page
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission--2424 3rd St., Lake Charles 337-721-4010
  • Job Search Assistance (Homework Louisiana): available Sun.-Thurs. 10 AM-midnight; online job search, resumes, interviews, and applications
  • SWLA Economic Development Alliance and SWLA Workforce Resource Guide
  • Community Foundation of SWLA and Workforce Readiness Training Seminars and Scholarships
  • Lynda.com (LinkedIn)---tutorials, marketing, communication, etc.
  • LearningExpressLibrary--job skills and tutorials
  • Cypress Resume--create professional looking resumes in three easy steps
  • Chronicle Guidance--occupational information
  • Certified Nursing Assistance Practice tests
  • GCFLearn--tutorials on resumes, job searching, etc.
  • LinkedIn Job Search
  • Public Display Documents

    • There are no current documents (electronic form) for public display. You may visit a local branch to view any available physical documents.

    Tax Information

    FEDERAL TAX FORMS

    • The following physical forms are expected to be available at the library. Please contact a local branch to verify that physical forms are available.
        • Form 1040 and schedule 1-6, and the instruction booklets.   
      • All branches usually have federal tax forms available free of charge. 
      • You may access all Federal forms online. 
        • Printing costs are 20 cents per black & white page.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TAX FORMS 

      IRS TFOP Alert 09-27-2018: Major Changes to Tax Forms 

      Changes to Forms 1040 and 1040 A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, and Form 1040 EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents 

      Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 

      The new Form 1040 uses a "building block" approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules.

      We will distribute the Form 1040 and Schedules 1-6 as Package 1040. The Package 1040 will include one copy of the new Form 1040 along with one copy of the schedules. The Instructions for Form 1040 will be a separate product. 

      Package 1040 Contents 

      • Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax

        Return

      • Schedule 1 Additional Income & Adjustments to Income
      • Schedule 2 Tax (Additional Taxes)
      • Schedule 3 Non-Refundable Credits
      • Schedule 4 Other Taxes
      • Schedule 5 Other Payments and Refundable Credits
      • Schedule 6 Foreign Address and Third- Party Designee

      STATE TAX FORMS

      • Paper form LA state forms are not available at library locations.
      • You may access all State and Federal forms online. 
        • Printing costs are 20 cents per black & white page.
      • You can request a mailed paper copy of a form through the Louisiana Dept. of Revenue website. For more information, please contact (225) 219-2113 or (225) 219-2112.

      TAX Assistance

      • Library sponsored events---see this list of dates, times, and locations.
        • Note: An appointment must be made for these special events. Contact 2-1-1 to make an appointment.
          • Sulphur Regional Library on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am-1pm.
          • Fontenot Memorial Library (Vinton) on Fridays from 9am-noon.
      • See additional resources below. 


      1. VITA (The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE

      2. United Way Worldwide and H&R Block software (MyFreeTaxes)

      • The MyFreeTaxes free income tax preparation program has been available since 2009. Taxpayers prepare their own returns. A free federal and up to 3 state returns can be self-prepared by taxpayers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less in 2017. There is no age limit. (Not available for prior year returns nor for foreign students.)
      • Website
      • Telephone support: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP  (1-855-698-9435) 
      • Hours of support are Mon. – Fri. 9 AM– 9 PM (CST), Sat. 11 AM – 8 PM (CST).
      • Support provided from mid-January through October 15, excluding federal holidays.
      • E-mail support at Info@myfreetaxes.com and chat support available while in the software.
      • Hours may change after April 17, 2018.

      3.  Alternative from irs.gov

      • If your adjusted gross income was $66,000 or less, you will find one or more free software options only available through Free File at IRS.gov. Review each company's offer to make sure you qualify for your free federal return. 
      • More information


      Free tax calculators and tools

      Taxpayer Advocate—local info (504-558-3001)