POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Feb 19, 2011
QUESTION: Now that the IRS is no longer mailing us our tax forms and we can't pick them up at post offices, can we still get them at libraries?
ANSWER: Yes, but not all libraries.
The Hawaii State Library, at 478 S. King St., has copies of the major federal tax forms --1040, 1040 A and 1040 EZ — near the first-floor information desk.
All selected IRS forms to be taken or photocopied are located in the Federal Documents Section (second floor, Diamond Head side of the library). For more information, call the section at 586-3477.
On Oahu the following libraries have federal income tax forms and booklets, said spokesman Paul H. Mark:
Aiea, phone 483-7333; Aina Haina, 377-2456; Ewa Beach, 689-1204; Hawaii Kai; 397-5833; Kahuku, 293-8935; Kailua, 266-9911; Kaimuki, 733-8422; Kalihi-Palama, 832-3466; Kaneohe, 233-5676; Kapolei, 693-7050; Liliha, 587-7577; McCully-Moiliili, 973-1099; Pearl City, 453-6566; Salt Lake-Moanalua, 831-6831; Wahiawa, 622-6345; Waialua, 637-8286; Waianae, 697-7868; and Waimanalo, 259-2610.
Mark said to call the library in advance to confirm whether tax forms and booklets have been received and are available for pickup.
He said some libraries provide only reproducible tax forms, which may be photocopied at the library.
Federal tax forms can be obtained via the Hawaii State Public Library System website: www.librarieshawaii.org. Under "Catalogs," select "E-Databases," scroll down and choose "LegalForms."
You can also print or download forms on the Internal Revenue Service's website: www.irs.ustreas.gov/formspubs/index.html.
QUESTION: Can you find out why the sign says you can't make a right turn on a red light from the right lane after stopping on North-South Road? The sign also calls that stretch Kualakai Road. You can make a right turn after stopping in the other three directions.
ANSWER: "No Right Turn on Red" signs generally are posted where visibility of oncoming vehicles is limited or where high traffic or pedestrian volumes make turns hazardous, said a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
In the area you cite, westbound vehicles on Farrington Highway have limited visibility of traffic on Kualakai Parkway because of a slight S-curve approaching the intersection.
When Farrington Highway straightens and allows clear visibility of the crossing traffic, westbound vehicles have about 275 feet before entering the intersection.
"With the frequency of heavy commercial tractor-trailers and vehicles traveling in excess of the posted speed limit through the area, the 'No Right Turn on Red' rule from the Kualakai Parkway corner reduces the chance of vehicle collisions," the DOT spokesman said.
Visibility of oncoming traffic is clear from all other corners at the intersection, so right turns on red are allowed.
The four-lane roadway was renamed Kualakai Parkway a year ago. Temporary signs that refer to North-South Road are expected to be replaced within the next two months.
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