Free Tax Filing Assistance
Turn to VITA
Free assistance in the preparation of federal and state Income Tax Returns (using the simple tax form) is available for taxpayers of every age at local VITA sites (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP sites. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year no walk-in assistance is permitted. You must have an appointment to receive help. At these sites, individuals of low-to-moderate income, individuals with disabilities, and non-English speaking taxpayers can find direct assistance in filing their returns. Go to the NJ 211 VITA/AARP site listing to find a location in your area.
AARP Foundation sites will assist tax filers of all ages and income levels. As long as you are filing the simple tax form, you are eligible for free assistance. Access a complete listing of AARP Foundation sites, or call 1-888-227-7669 to be directed to a site.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO TO A VITA/AARP SITE
Please Note: To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
See VITA/AARP SITES (Listing is active from January 1- April 15 each year)
MyFreeTaxes is a free online tax preparation and filing tool for anyone who earned less than $66,000 in 2020. Using this online service, you can file your federal and state tax returns at no cost to you. This is a great option for single filers, college students, part-time workers, and anyone else with simple taxes whose adjusted gross income is less than $66,000 annually. (Your adjusted gross income is your total income from taxable sources, including salary and other employment income, interest and dividends, and long- and short-term capital gains and losses, minus unreimbursed business and medical expenses, contributions to a deductible individual retirement account (IRA), and alimony.)
While this service offers a free federal and state return, the number of forms included is limited. Throughout the self-serve filing process you will be presented with opportunities to purchase additional services. There is no obligation to use these services or pay for any in order to file with MyFreeTaxes. Here is a list of the forms that are included and excluded from the free service. Access this tool now.
Tax Counseling for Military Personnel
The military also has a strong VITA program that is administered by the Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC). Marines, airmen, soldiers, sailors, and guardsmen, and their families worldwide receive free tax preparation assistance at offices within their installations. These VITA sites provide free tax advice, tax preparation, and assistance to military members and their families. They are trained and equipped to address military-specific tax issues.
Additionally, Military OneSource offers a service called H&R Block at Home which enables free e-filing for active duty, Guard, Reserve, and their family members. Visit the Military OneSource site to learn more.
Where is My Return?
Individuals can check the status of their tax refund using Where’s My Refund? tool or by calling 800-829-1954 for automated refund information. IRS phone assistors do not have more information than what is available in this online tool.