Completely Free Online Tax Tool for Those Filing
Simple Federal AND StateTax Returns
MyFreeTaxes is a free tax preparation and filing tool for anyone who earned less than $58,000 in 2013. Using this online service, you can file your federal and state tax returns at no cost to you. This is a great option for single filers, college students, part-time workers, and anyone else with simple taxes whose adjusted gross income is less than $58,000 annually. (Your adjusted gross income is your total income from taxable sources, including salary and other employment income, interest and dividends, and long- and short-term capital gains and losses, minus unreimbursed business and medical expenses, contributions to a deductible individual retirement account (IRA), and alimony.) Access this tool now.
You Can Get Personalized Help at Local Sites
If you prefer to get personal assistance to file your taxes there are many assistance sites throughout New Jersey that are staffed by volunteers who are trained to prepare both federal and state returns. Many of these sites prepare tax returns on computers and utilize electronic filing. Electronic filing, or e-filing, is quick and accurate and provides taxpayers with a much quicker refund. There is no charge for this service.
Federal income tax refunds can be directly deposited to one bank account or split between as many as three bank accounts or financial institutions. Taxpayers can continue to use the direct deposit line on Form 1040 to electronically send their refunds to one account, or use the IRS Form 8888, Direct Deposit of Refund to More Than One Account, to split their refunds among two or three different accounts or financial institutions.
If You Need Help Filing
Free assistance in the preparation of federal and state Income Tax Returns (using the simple tax form) is available for taxpayers of every age at local VITA sites (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP sites. At these sites, individuals of low-to-moderate income, individuals with disabilities, and non-English speaking taxpayers can find direct assistance in filing their returns. Go to VITA/AARP site listing now.
AARP Foundation sites will assist tax filers of all ages and income levels. As long as you are filing the simple tax form, you are eligible for free assistance. Access a complete listing of AARP Foundation sites, or call 1-888-227-7669 to be directed to a site.
Tax Counseling for Military Personnel
The military also has a strong VITA program that is administered by the Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC). Marines, airmen, soldiers, sailors, and guardsmen, and their families worldwide receive free tax preparation assistance at offices within their installations. These VITA sites provide free tax advice, tax preparation, and assistance to military members and their families. They are trained and equipped to address military specific tax issues.
Additionally, Military OneSource offers a service called H&R Block at Home which enables free e-filing for active duty, Guard, Reserve and their family members. Visit the Military OneSource site to learn more.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO TO A VITA/AARP SITE
Proof of identification
Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents (if applicable)
Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
Current year’s tax package if you received one
Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
All forms that you have received that pertain to your income and taxes including: All variations of Form 1099 showing interest and dividend statements from banks; Forms 1099-SSA or RRB-1099 showing Social Security benefits; Form 1099-B showing proceeds from sale of investments and cost basis for the sale if not on the 1099-B; Form 1099-S for sale of home; Form 1099-MISC showing self-employment and other income; Form 1099-G showing state income tax refund, unemployment compensation, etc.; Form 1098-T showing scholarships and tuition payments; Form 1098 - showing mortgage interest paid. HELPFUL HINT:Starting in January these forms typically are mailed in an envelope that has a notification on it alerting you to the fact that the enclosed information is needed when filing your tax return. As you receive these forms, put them in a folder or large envelope and bring that with you to the tax assistance center.
A copy of last year’s Federal and State tax returns
Proof of your bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit such as a blank check
Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
Property tax bills and/or the amount of rent you have paid during the tax year
Amount of unreimbursed medical expenses
A list of contributions or donations you made during the tax year
NJ Property Tax Rebate Forms PTR-1 or PTR-2
Any other forms you have received that reflect your income or expenses during the tax year
Please Note: To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
Tax Assistance Sites in New Jersey Source: IRS, AARP, local United Ways and other community partners
Updating of site locations and hours is ongoing as the tax season gets into full swing. Locations noted below are from last year. We are working to confirm the information now. As site location and hours are confirmed, we place an asterisk (*) next to the listing to signify that this is an active VITA site.
Camden, Rutgers Camden
Camden County Library
at Rutgers Camden
301 North 5th Street *
TU 4:00PM 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
W 4:00PM 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
SA 1:00PM 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5 First-come, first-served; Take the first ten clients that come in and work with them until taxes are filed
Camden, Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden,
1845 Haddon Ave *
W 2/12, 219, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
SA 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12
By Appointment Only; No Walk-ins
Spanish speaking available upon request
Dial 2-1-1 or (856) 342-4100
Camden, Hispanic Family Center
2850 Federal Street *
Open 2:00pm-6:00pm on 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3
Dial 2-1-1 or (856) 963-0270
Camden, Parkside Business & Community in Partnership
1487 Kenwood Avenue *
Appointment Preferred; Walk-ins Welcome This location starts accepting people at 9:30am on Fridays and will only accept the first 20 people who arrive. Once they have 20 people waiting, all others are turned away.
HADDON HEIGHTS, HADDON HEIGHTS LIBRARY, 608 STATION AVE *
Walk-ins Welcome Closed 2/17/14
HADDON TOWNSHIP, HADDON TOWNSHIP LIBRARY, 15 MACARTHUR BLVD *
Starts in February
PENNSAUKEN, PENNSAUKEN LIBRARY, 5605 N CRESCENT BLVD *
Starts in February
W, TH 1:00pm-4:00pm
RUNNEMEDE, RUNNEMEDE SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER, 2 BROADWAY & BLACK HORSE PIKE *
Starts in February
VOORHEES, VOORHEES CAMDEN COUNTY LIBRARY, 203 LAUREL RD *
Closed Tuesdays and Fridays in March
Union Beach Borough Hall
650 Poole Ave. *
Walk-in or call for appointment See flyer
Union Beach Library,
810 Union Ave. *
TU, TH 1:00pm-7:00pm
By appointment only on Thursday (call 732.904.9254); Walk-in or call for appointment on Tuesday Para Mas Informacion en español, llame al 732-904-9261 See flyer
Morris County Library
30 East Hanover Avenue *
SA Feb. 1-Apr. 12
M Mar. 10; Apr. 14
By appointment; Walk-ins if space available
BRICK BRANCH OF OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY
301 CHAMBERSBRIDGE RD *
(732) 477-4513 (Option #4)
BRICK, CHURCH OF THE VISITATION RECTORY
755 MANTOLOKING RD *
By appointment only Leave your phone number and you will be contacted later for appointment details. If you can not walk down 20 steps to the basement, main level appointments are taken from 11am-1pm.
(732) 477-7059 ext. 156
BRICK, GREENBRIAR II, 1 GREENBRIAR BLVD *
BRICK, WINDING RIVER VILLAGE CLUBHOUSE, 100 SKYLINE DR *
By appointment only
BRICK, BRICK SENIOR CENTER, 373 ADAMSTON RD
By appointment only
JACKSON MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 95 W VETERANS HWY *
CLOSED PRESIDENT'S DAY - 2/17/14
301 Lexington Ave. *
Walk-in or call for appointment Para Mas Informacion en español, llame al 732-904-9261 See flyer
JACKSON, OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY, JACKSON BR, 2 JACKSON DR *
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