MAYOR BOLLWAGE CONTINUES TO OFFER FREE TAX RETURN SERVICES TO RESIDENTS

Contact: Kelly Vence

908-820-4124

Public Information Office

 

MAYOR BOLLWAGE CONTINUES TO OFFER FREE TAX RETURN SERVICES TO RESIDENTS

ELIZABETH, NJ—January 26, 2012—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced free tax return preparation services for qualifying Elizabeth residents. The City has recruited volunteers from the community and surrounding cities to train with the Internal Revenue Service to work together in assisting residents complete their basic tax returns at no cost. This free service is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), from the Internal Revenue Service.

“This program has been offered within the City of Elizabeth for the past ten years, and it continues to gain more momentum and interest from residents,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.  “Our skilled volunteers are generously giving back to the community and I hope all qualifying residents will take advantage of this great service.”

This past Fall, the volunteers trained with the IRS in basic tax law and tax return filing. Some of the participants are former volunteers from the City’s program along with newly trained individuals. These helpers will dedicate one night a week to assist Elizabeth and Union County low or moderate income residents file the basic IRS forms 1040EZ and 1040A.  Electronic filing is also available at the sites.

This tax service will be offered by appointment at the following times and locations:
 

Stephen Sampson Center

800 Anna Street

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Liberty Square Center

240 Elizabeth Avenue

Wednesdays & Thursdays

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Peterstown Community Center

418-434 Palmer Street

Saturdays

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m


Elizabeth residents with an income of under $50,000 are qualified to take advantage of this free service. Customers will have to bring with them to their appointment a copy of last year’s tax return, this year’s tax package, information of all deductions and credits, and all relevant forms such as W-2 and interest 1099’s. They must also bring photo identification and a valid social security card for each exemption they are claiming.

“Over the years, this program has been beneficial to the residents of our City and we hope to continue providing this service,” said Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “Filing tax applications through a trained professional saves participants filing fees, which is increasingly important during this difficult economic climate.”

The free program will run from January 31, 2012 through Thursday, April 14, 2012.  Residents who are interested may call Steven Fernanez at (908) 820-4724 to make an appointment.