Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, January 26, 1999

IRS says tax forms
should be on their way

Why haven't we received our federal income tax forms yet? I've asked friends and co-workers and they also say they haven't received the forms. I called the IRS and they said the forms were mailed to us in Hawaii. If they were, where are they?

We received several queries about this and the Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that some Hawaii residents have not received their federal forms.

A check with postal officials in Hawaii showed that one shipment had been received and delivered, said IRS spokeswoman Shawn George.

She said, however, the national office "will try to determine which packages have not been delivered."

Different 1040 packages are handled by different contractors and shipped separately, Shawn explained. For example, one might deal with child care credits and another with senior citizen credits.

In the meantime, you can order forms:

bullet By calling 1-800-829-3676, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Delivery should be within 10 days.

bullet By downloading from the IRS Web site: http://www.irs.ustreas.gov

bullet By ordering from TeleFax, 703-368-9694.

bullet By going to an IRS walk-in office, which has a limited selection. Local libraries may also carry forms.


Vendors are putting all their merchandise on the sidewalk in front of Oahu Market on King Street and along Hotel Street close to Kekaulike Street. There's no room to pass by, especially if you're in a wheelchair, during the busy times, like at lunch time. Can somebody check on that?

Your complaint was passed onto the Honolulu Police Department's Chinatown substation, where future complaints should be directed.

In a previous column answering a similar complaint, a city building official said merchants are allowed a "small space" on the sidewalk to place their wares. They are not supposed to hinder a pedestrian's right of way.


Trees chopped for
Kaiulani Triangle Project

Auwe to the city for chopping down seven perfectly healthy Fiddlewood trees for the Ainahau Park renovation on Kaiulani Avenue in Waikiki, when they could have used them as replacements for those trees that died further up the street. -- Jim

(City Managing Director Ben Lee said he's disappointed if the trees were just chopped down by the contractor. But he says "many more coconut trees" will be planted, as well as "shower trees or something larger" in the area.

(The replanting is part of the major Kaiulani Triangle project, at the corner of Kuhio and Kaiulani avenues, aimed at cleaning up the area and creating a Hawaiian sense of place, Lee said.

(The project involves putting in a new bus stop, a "halau mound" for performances, a Princess Kaiulani sculpture donated by various hotels, and landscaping that goes up to the curb, so that pedestrians don't have to walk next to the street. Instead, they can walk on a meandering sidewalk through the park, Lee said.

("It will be much improved public open space area," he said. "Right now, no one uses that area. We envision strolling minstrels in the musicians' program that the city culture and arts program provides. We hope the adjacent hotels will provide some entertainment free to the public."

(Lee said the project should be completed within three months.)


Free matchbook covers

I have more than 75 matchbook covers, some quite old from places around town that have closed. If interested, call 262-0269. -- Amelia

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