Free Tax Help

 
Today starts Newark Now’s 9th year of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program - the largest in New Jersey. VITA helps low-income working families access the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is one of the most significant anti-poverty programs in the United States.

In 2011, Newark Now's VITA program:
* Certified 69 volunteers to become certified tax preparers
* Operated 6 full-time and 8 mobile tax sites
* Prepared over 4,000 tax returns
* Returned $6.9 million in refunds to tax filers
* Saved $700,000 in filing fees
* Over 350 bank accounts opened for tax filers
* Assisted over 400 students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

If you're interested in volunteering - here is form and info.

In addition to assisting members of the community with their income tax preparation, the VITA program at Newark Now connects people with many different asset-building opportunities. This includes: financial education and counseling; legal counseling; assistance with college access; accelerated savings programs; benefits screening; and obtaining free or discounted prescription drugs.

LOCATIONS

Financial Empowerment Center (SaveUSA Accounts Opened)*
103 Bloomfield Ave, Newark NJ 07104
Mon-Fri 12pm - 8pm; Sat 10am - 2pm

Newark City Hall (SaveUSA Accounts Opened)*
920 Broad St, Newark NJ 07102
Mon-Fri 3pm - 8pm; Sat 10am - 2pm

Essex County College (SaveUSA Accounts Opened)*
EOF Area, Newark NJ 07102
Mon-Fri 10am - 2 pm; Wed 3pm - 7pm

One Stop Career Center*
990 Broad St, Newark NJ 07102
Mon-Fri 10am - 2pm

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Ironbound Community Corp is also offering FREE tax preparation. Spanish and Portuguese speaking too.

Locations:
Investors Bank
Jan 23-April 17
275 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor
Mon-Thur 5-8:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm
973-465-0555 x216

Family Success Center East
Jan 25-April 12
29-31 Cortland Street
Wed & Thur 3:30-7pm
973-344-5949

Must bring: Photo ID,
Social Security Card (and for dependents)
All W-2's and 1099 Statements
2010 Income Tax Return
Single Family homeowners eligible

Date posted: January 17, 2012
By: Kai



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