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UNION COUNTY — Democrat James Devine met with constituents at area senior centers to raise awareness about free tax help programs near Union County and eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.

“The free tax preparation services offered by this center and others like it are sometimes the only way people learn about the tax credits that on average give back more than $2,000,” said Devine. “Since many New Jerseyans are still struggling to get back on their feet after Sandy, I know that this tax credit will mean the difference between poverty and livable income for many families.”

“If people don’t know about these tax credits, then they won’t benefit and that would be like letting them get robbed,” said Devine. “I want to make sure people who work hard know about both these tax credits and free services that can insure families get their money’s worth.”

Last year, more than 563,000 New Jerseyans benefited from the earned income tax credit, which put an average of $2,169 back in their pockets.

However, the IRS estimates that 20 percent of EITC-eligible workers failed to claim this tax benefit each year.

Created by Congress in 1975, the EITC is one of America’s largest and most effective poverty reduction programs.

Devine has been a strong supporter of the EITC, advocating an expansion of the program and loudly condemning both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who voted to allow Gov. Chris Christie to slash the state credit by 25 percent in 2010.

Devine said local volunteer income tax assistance centers will continue to offer free tax preparation to low income New Jerseyans until April 15.

A list of locations offering tax preparation assistance was provided by Devine but he urged residents to confirm hours and availability before making a visit.

Center Name: WOODBRIDGE HEALTH CENTER

Address: 2 GEORGE FREDERICK PLZ

WOODBRIDGE, NJ 07095-2556

Contact Telephone: (732) 855-0600

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 9:00AM-3:00PM

Wed 9:00AM-3:00PM

Comments: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. CALL DIVISION ON AGING, 732-855-0600 EXT 5023 FROM 9:30 AM TO NOON AND 1:30 TO 3:30 PM TO SCHEDULE.

 

Center Name: CRANFORD COMMUNITY CENTER

Address: 220 WALNUT AVE

CRANFORD, NJ 07016-2931

Contact Telephone: (908) 709-7283

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 12:00PM-4:00PM

Fri 12:00PM-4:00PM

Comments: Open only to residents of Cranford; Appointment Required

 

Center Name: NORTH EDISON LIBRARY

Address: 777 GROVE AVE

EDISON, NJ 08820-2770

Contact Telephone: (732) 548-3045

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 10:00AM-2:00PM

Comments: Walk-ins Welcome

 

Center Name: ELIZABETH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 11 S BROAD ST

ELIZABETH, NJ 07202-3401

Contact Telephone: (908) 354-6060

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:30AM-12:30PM

Thu 9:30AM-12:30PM

Comments: Appointment Required

Other Languages: Spanish

 

Center Name: METUCHEN SENIOR CENTER

Address: 15 CENTER ST

METUCHEN, NJ 08840-1801

Contact Telephone: (732) 632-8524

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule:

Comments:  Walk-ins Welcome

 

Center Name: SCOTCH PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 1927 BARTLE AVE

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ 07076-1212

Contact Telephone: (908) 322-5007

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 9:00AM-1:00PM

Tue 9:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: TODT HILL WESTERLEIGH LIBRARY

Address: 2550 VICTORY BLVD

STATEN ISLAND, NY 10314-6635

Contact Telephone: (718) 448-1755

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Thu 11:00AM-2:00PM

Comments:  Walk-ins Welcome

 

Center Name: PLAINFIELD CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 800 PARK AVE

PLAINFIELD, NJ 07060-2517

Contact Telephone: (908) 753-3506

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:30AM-1:30PM

Sat 9:30AM-1:30PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: EDISON SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER

Address: 2963 WOODBRIDGE AVE

EDISON, NJ 08837-3402

Contact Telephone: (732) 382-5090

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Thu 10:00AM-2:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

Other Languages: Spanish

 

Center Name: SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 66 MOUNTAIN AVE

SPRINGFIELD, NJ 07081-1730

Contact Telephone: (973) 376-4930

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Wed 9:30AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: PLAINFIELD SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

Address: 400 E FRONT ST

PLAINFIELD, NJ 07060-1342

Contact Telephone: (908) 753-3506

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 9:00AM-1:00PM

Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: MAPLEWOOD HILTON BRANCH LIBRARY

Address: 1688 SPRINGFIELD AVE

MAPLEWOOD, NJ 07040-2923

Contact Telephone: (973) 669-4660

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 9:30AM-3:30PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: SAGE ELDER CARE

Address: 298 BROAD ST

SUMMIT, NJ 07901-3507

Contact Telephone: (908) 598-5509

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Thu 9:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: IRVINGTON SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

Address: 1077 SPRINGFIELD AVE

IRVINGTON, NJ 07111-2408

Contact Telephone: (973) 399-6501

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:30AM-12:30PM

Thu 9:30AM-2:30PM

Comments: ** APPOINTMENT PREFERRED ** BY APPT & WALK-INS 973-399-6501

 

Center Name: WEST BRIGHTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 976 CASTLETON AVE

STATEN ISLAND, NY 10310-1807

Contact Telephone: (718) 448-1755

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 12:30PM-3:30PM

Wed 12:30PM-3:30PM

Comments:  Walk-ins Welcome

 

Center Name: NEW PROVIDENCE SENIOR CENTER

Address: 15 4TH STREET

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974-0000

Contact Telephone: (908) 665-0046

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Mon 9:00AM-3:00PM

Sat 9:00AM-3:00PM

Comments: CALL 908-665-0046 FOR APPOINTMENT.

 

Center Name: SOUTH ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 65 SCOTLAND RD

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079-2069

Contact Telephone: (973) 762-0230

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:00AM-1:00PM

Thu 9:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: SAYREVILLE OFFICE ON AGING

Address: 423 MAIN ST

SAYREVILLE, NJ 08872-1244

Contact Telephone: (732) 390-7059

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

Other Languages: Hindi

 

Center Name: CHATHAM SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER

Address: 58 MEYERSVILLE RD

CHATHAM, NJ 07928-1169

Contact Telephone: (973) 635-4565

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Thu 9:30AM-2:00PM

Comments: Appointment Required

 

Center Name: EAST ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Address: 21 S ARLINGTON AVE

EAST ORANGE, NJ 07018-3804

Contact Telephone: (973) 266-7049

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:00AM-12:00PM

Thu 9:00AM-12:00PM

Fri 10:00AM-1:00PM

Comments: ** APPOINTMENT PREFERRED ** WALK-INS & APPT.

 

Center Name: NORTH BRUNSWICK SENIOR CENTER

Address: 15 LINWOOD PL

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ 08902-2306

Contact Telephone: (732) 247-0922

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Site Schedule: Tue 9:00AM-3:00PM

Wed 9:00AM-3:00PM

Comments:  Appointment Required

 

Center Name: JOHN T. GREGORIO RECREATION CENTER

Address: 330 HELEN STREET

LINDEN, NJ 07036

Contact Telephone: 908-474-8627

 

Center Name: AGAPE HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Address: 302 E 9TH AVENUE

ROSELLE, NJ 07203

Contact Telephone: 980-295-1515

 

Center Name: FAMILY SUCCESS CENTER IN ELIZABETH /MRVLAG COMMUNITY CENTER

Address: 688 MAPLE AVE

ELIZABETH, NJ 07202

Contact Telephone: 908-820-4724

 

Center Name: LIBERTY SQUARE SENIOR CENTER

Address: 240 ELIZABETH AVENUE

ELIZABETH, NJ 07206

Contact Telephone: 908-820-4026

 

Center Name: STEPHEN SAMPSON SENIOR CENTER

Address: 800 ANNA STREET

ELIZABETH, NJ 07202

Contact Telephone: 908-820-4724

 

Center Name: HOPES CAP, INC. 905 WATCHUNG

Address: 905 WATCHUNG AVENUE

PLAINFIELD, NJ 07060

Contact Telephone: 888-409-2935

 

Center Name: JEWISH RENAISSANCE FOUNDATION

Address: 149 KEARNY AVENUE #2

PERTH AMBOY, NJ 08861

Contact Telephone: 732-324-2114

 

Center Name: COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF NJ

Address: 31 EVANS TERMINAL ROAD

HILLSIDE, NJ 07205

Contact Telephone: 908-355-3663

Comments: VOLUNTEER PREPARED AND SELF-PREP

 

Center Name: HOPES CAP, INC. 7-9 WATCHUNG

Address: 7-9 WATCHUNG AVENUE

PLAINFIELD, NJ 07060

Contact Telephone: 888-409-2935

 

Center Name: ITBMS

Address: 1967 ROUTE 27

SUITE 27

EDISON, NJ 08817

Contact Telephone: 732-902-6751

 

Center Name: PISCATAWAY-WESTERGARD LIBRARY

Address: 20 MURRAY AVENUE

PISCATAWAY, NJ 08854

Contact Telephone: 732-752-1166


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