Free Tax Filing Assistance Available At Community Foodbank

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HILLSIDE—Seniors and low to moderate-income residents of Hillside and nearby communities can get free help filing their federal and state income taxes at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal in Hillside.

Volunteers trained in electronic tax filing will be at the FoodBank two days a week, 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., starting Feb. 2 and continuing through March.  Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 1-908-355-3663.

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The volunteers can also help eligible people apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which helps provide a wage supplement for low and moderate-income families (those earning less than $48,279 annually.)  This credit could be worth up to $5,657 and is refundable.  Workers raising one or more children can also apply for the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  For example, a married couple filing jointly, who earned $25,000 in 2009 and are raising 2 children, could receive a refund of $2,000.

The EITC and CTC are not automatic like a tax refund.  People must apply for them when filing their federal and state income tax returns.
When coming for a tax assistance appointment, people should bring the following items with them:

  • Valid ID
  • Copy of 2008 tax return (if they have it)
  • Social Security numbers for every dependent they claim, or individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN)
  • W-2 forms from all jobs worked in 2009
  • Rent receipts for 2009
  • All 1099 forms showing other income received in 2009
  • A blank check if they want direct deposit of their refund

If any of the following apply to them, people should bring this additional documentation with them:

  • Proof of child care expenses, including provider’s address and federal ID#
  • Mortgage company statements
  • Adoption expenses
  • Alimony paid or received
  • Any notices received from the IRS or state tax office
  • Property tax bills
  • College tuition and student loan interest statements

For a list of other locations providing free Income Tax assistance, call New Jersey’s Hotline 2-1-1 or visit www.nj211.org .


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