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Free AARP Tax Return Preparation Assistance

Free tax return help set for local residents at New Providence Senior Citizens Center

New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and other area residents of low to moderate income can obtain free assistance in preparing their 2010 tax returns.  Assistance will be provided at the New Providence Senior Citizens Center (NPSCC), 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence, by volunteer tax counselors under a program sponsored jointly by the AARP, the IRS, and the State Division of Taxation.

Assistance will cover federal and New Jersey income tax returns, the NJ Homestead Property Tax Rebate, and the Property Tax Reimbursement Program (PTR – 1 & 2), as applicable.  Emphasis will be on filing returns electronically to expedite prompt payment of any refunds within two weeks.  Any taxes due would not be payable until April 18; taxpayers will be provided with vouchers to be submitted with any payments.

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Taxpayers seeking assistance may either call the NPSCC at 908-665-0046, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Friday, to make an appointment, or sign up on the bulletin board at the center.  Tax counselors will be available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning February 14 and ending April 16.      

Taxpayers should bring copies of their 2009 federal and state returns and any 2010 federal forms W-2, 1099-R, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, SSA-1099, etc., and the amount of rent or real estate taxes paid in 2010.  In the case of taxpayers filing joint returns, both taxpayers should be present to authorize the electronic filing.

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