New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and other area residents of low to moderate income will be able to obtain free assistance in preparing and filing their 2012 tax returns.  Assistance again 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 New Jersey State Division of Taxation.

Assistance will cover federal and NJ state income taxes, the NJ Homestead Property Tax Rebate, and the Property Tax Reimbursement Program (PTR – 1 & 2), as applicable.  Emphasis will be on filing returns electronically, resulting in refunds being received in about two weeks after filing.  Any taxes due would not be payable until April 15, 2013.  Taxpayers will be provided with vouchers to be submitted with any payments.

Tax counselors will be available on Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., from Monday, February 11, 2013, through Monday, April 15, 2013. Beginning February 1, 2013, taxpayers seeking assistance in preparing and filing their returns may call the NPSCC at 908-665-0046, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, for an appointment, or sign up at the center.   

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Taxpayers must bring photo identification, their social security cards, copies of their 2011 federal and state returns, any 2012 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 2012.  In the case of taxpayers filing joint returns, both taxpayers should be present to authorize the electronic filing.