How Greater Newark Residents Can Access This Free Tax Preparation Service

Before the pandemic, American taxpayers left $10.5 billion on the table because many eligible families were unaware of the EITC. In New Jersey, 25% of eligible taxpayers did not apply for the credit. In tax year 2020, nearly 6,000 NFTP clients collectively received $2.6 million through the EITC for a total refund amount of $10.1 million. They also saved over $1 million in tax preparation fees.

Community partners involved with the initiative expressed their support and are committed to ensuring residents can access the financial services.

“Access to programs like free tax prep help ensure an inclusive economic recovery," said Samuel Diaz, the manager of Inclusive Solutions at Prudential Financial. "Prudential is a proud supporter and member of the Newark Asset Building Coalition to help accelerate economic mobility for all Newarkers."

"I am thrilled to partner with United Way of Greater Newark and NABC to re-establish this much-needed service in the South Ward Community," said Nichelle Holder, the chief program officer of South Ward Promise Neighborhood. "For multiple years, we have witnessed firsthand the financial relief that this free tax preparation service provides to our families that would have either incurred an out-of-pocket expense or deduction from their tax returns. I also recognize this service provides our families with a peace of mind, because they know that VITA tax professionals will leave no stone unturned and ensure they each receive every tax benefit that is available to them."

Those interested in using NFTP services can use the online platform, GetYourRefund, to upload their tax documents to be reviewed by a local, trained, IRS-certified tax professional. Applicants will receive a call from a VITA professional to remotely prepare, review, and file their tax returns.

Residents who prefer contactless services offered by local community organizations can drop off their tax documents at several sites across greater Newark.

For more information about the NABC services and drop-off locations, visit nabcnj.org/newark-free-tax-prep.

To file your taxes through GetYourRefund, visit getyourrefund.org/UWGN.

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published this page in News and Politics 2022-01-30 02:02:26 -0800