2008 Income Tax Assistance Available

LINDEN—The Department of Recreation and Community Services, for 30 years, has provided free tax assistance for Linden residents earning less than $50,000. Assistance will be offered through April 11.

To better serve the residents of Linden, trained tax volunteers continue preparing taxes at the following sites: Seventh Ward Recreation Center, Tremley Point Road – Tuesdays – 10 a.m. – noon; John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street – Wednesday afternoons from, 12:30 – 3 p.m.; Thursday evenings – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Appointments are necessary for all sites and can be made through the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center at 908-474-8627. Bring in all statements of income at the time of the appointment, including W-2 forms; all 1099 Forms for interest, dividends, stocks and bonds; social security and railroad retirement; brokerage statements; IRA letters; last year’s income tax; property tax bills from 2006 and 2007; and all booklets received from IRS and state.

Tax Assistance is also available for Linden residents that are homebound due to a physical disability or frail condition. Call the John T. Gregorio Center at 908-474-8627 to set up an appointment.

All the volunteers assisting with the taxes have been trained in tax law and tax return preparation by the Internal Revenue Service and are capable of assisting persons in completing forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. Volunteers have also been instructed in the correct procedures regarding pensions, interest, itemized deductions, credits for the elderly and New Jersey State Tax Forms.

The VITA program has been in existence in Linden for thirty years, and has assisted approximately fourteen thousand residents to date.

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