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FREE Tax Filing Assistance Available
Release Date: January 26, 2011

FREE Tax Filing Assistance Available

(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, offers FREE assistance with basic federal and state income tax preparation for County residents, (regardless of age), whose income is $50,000 or less. Other restrictions apply such as no business or rental income, no sale or purchase of a home, etc. Volunteers, trained by an IRS representative and a Certified Public Accountant, also assist with Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC can reduce taxes for working families and individuals who earn low-to-moderate incomes, enabling them to keep more of what they work for.

The VITA program runs from February 7, 2011 through April 18, 2011. There are a multitude of VITA sites throughout the County at the following convenient locations: Montague Municipal Building; Sussex-Wantage Library; Sussex County Main Library in Frankford Township; Vernon Senior Center; Sparta Senior Center; Liberty Towers in Newton; Franklin Senior Center; Hopatcong Civic Center; Hamburg Municipal Building; Project Self Sufficiency in Newton; the Sussex Bank Branches at Franklin, Newton, and Wantage; Sussex County Division of Senior Services and the Sussex County Division of Social Services.

County residents are advised to be sure they have all of the necessary documents prior to calling for an appointment, including: a copy of 2009 Federal and State income tax returns, Form 1099 including SSA-1099, W-2, records of any other income received, IRA annual statements, receipts or cancelled checks for any medical/dental expenses and charitable contributions, and if they are homeowners, their 2010 real estate tax bill. Call the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 for additional information or to make an appointment.

A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Senior Services, Mary Lou Schnurr, Division Director, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us

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