Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 Tax Help Available at Bernardsville Library

VITA volunteers will be available to help community residents with their 2013 state and federal tax returns starting Monday, February 3 at Bernardsville Public Library.  [VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.]  Over the years, many people have taken advantage of this service; to make an appointment, call the library at 908-766-0118.  A translator is also available for Spanish speaking residents.  

Robert Baker is the coordinator of the program, and he says that, in addition to personal appointments at the library, there are other ways to get help with taxes.  "There is easy-to-use online software that is perfect for people who have simple returns and are comfortable using a computer," he said.  "It's offered through United Way which partners with MyFreeTaxes to provide community members with a free online service to do their federal and state taxes from their personal computer."  Families and individuals with a combined income under $58,000 in 2013 are qualified to use this new website: www.MyFreeTaxes.com/UnitedWayOfNorthernNewJersey.   Help while filing a return is available by calling 1.855.My.Tx.Help (1-855-698-9435) where callers will be connected with a qualified tax volunteer who can answer questions.  This helpline is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

Mr. Baker is also seeking experienced tax preparers who have time on their hands to help out this year.  The program requires only a few hours a week for about eight weeks.  Volunteers will receive training from specialists to refresh their knowledge of the subject.  Interested volunteers should call Madelyn English at the library at 908-766-0118.

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