Anyone who needs help with their tax filings can take advantage of four locations offering assistance in New Brunswick.
Sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the program is open to low-income, elderly, limited English proficient and disabled individuals who need help with their filings.
Volunteers will work with each participants on an appointment basis to go over their basic tax returns and file them electronically.
This year, VITA assistance is being offered at the following four locations:
- Elijah’s Promise: for appointments call Bill O’Donnell at (732) 545-9002, Ext. 122. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon. Saturdays.
- Middlesex County College, for appointments call (732) 745-8866, Ext. 130 and leave a message. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays.
- Puerto Rican Action Board, for appointments call Julie at (732) 828-4510, Ext. 163. Hours are 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.
- Additionally, the New Brunswick Free Public Library is offering free tax help on Fridays and Saturdays, courtesy of VITA and volunteers from the Rutgers Beta Alpha Psi Honors Society.
Last year, Elijah's Promise assisted 700 people with their returns, for a total of $706,887 in refunds, according to a press release from the nonprofit group.
Participants must bring to their appointments photo ID and/or Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents, their W-2 tax forms, records of expenses they wish to declare and any tax forms or letters received from the government, according to the release.