Income tax booklets no longer will be directly mailed by the state Department of Revenue Services.

The change was made due to the growth of electronic tax filing; in 2010, more than 1.2 million tax returns were filed electronically. The DRS also is making the change to reduce mailing and printing costs.

Taxpayers who still need a booklet will be able to obtain one from their library, post office or town hall shortly after the beginning of the New Year. They also may download forms and instructions from the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS.

In addition, the website offers information about where tax booklets will be available and electronic filing through the state's free Taxpayer Service Center and other methods, such as Fed/State e-file and tax preparation software. The site also has information about the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low-income filers and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.