FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2010
Stephen Gruchacz, Department Administrator
(973) 579-0559 ext. 1227
FREE Tax Filing Assistance for the Income Eligible
(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. Volunteers, trained by an IRS representative and a Certified Public Accountant, also assist with Property Tax Rebates and 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 their earnings.
The VITA program runs from February 8, 2010, through April 15, 2010. There are a multitude of VITA sites throughout Sussex County. Convenient locations include: Andover: First Hope Bank; Frankford Township: Sussex County Main Library; Franklin: Franklin Senior Center, Sussex Bank; Hamburg Municipal Building; Hopatcong Civic Center; Montague Municipal Building; Newton: Liberty Towers, Division of Senior Services, Division of Social Services, Project Self-Sufficiency, Sussex Bank; Sparta Senior Center; Sussex/Wantage: Sussex Wantage Library, Sussex Bank; Vernon Senior Center.
County residents are advised to be sure they have all of the necessary documents prior to calling for an appointment, including: 2009 Federal and State tax forms, a copy of 2008 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 2009 real estate tax bill. Contact Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 for additional information or to make an appointment.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Sussex County residents through an integrated
approach to comprehensive services that meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.