We finally received the 1040 Instructions at the Davenport Public libraries, for which the phone has been ringing nearly continuously.
Due to 11th-hour filibustering at the end of the legislative session, the IRS had to edit/print paper tax publications and reprogram the computer processing systems. Do not expect leniency on getting your return in, however. E-filing will begin in mid to late February and the deadline stands at April 18th.
If you didn’t receive a print publication in the mail this year, it may be because you didn’t paper file last year. The cost-cutting measure saved millions of dollars in postage and paper stock, albeit with some confusion.
Outside of the IRS office, libraries are the only place where you can get forms if for some reason you still haven’t attempted filing online. Though a slower and typically less-accurate process, some people prefer the paper method.