Newark Free Tax Prep

All VITA Sites open on January 28, 2019. Click here to see the full list of sites.

Newark Free Tax Prep is a program initiative under the Newark Asset Building Coalition (NABC) that provides free tax prep services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Through the Newark Free Tax Program, we offer free tax help to people with $56,000 or less taxable income on their tax return. Newark Free Tax Prep has been crucial in helping hard-working families in Newark take advantage of all of the tax credits they are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and education credits.

Through the Newark Free Tax Prep program, tax returns are prepared by trained and certified volunteers. These volunteers undergo at least 20 hours of training and must pass an exam specified by the IRS before they are allowed to prepare and submit a tax return. Our staff and volunteers are held to the highest standards of confidentiality, quality, and customer service. Your tax information is only used in preparation of your tax return.

The expansion to twelve VITA sites throughout Newark in 2019 is an initiative of the Newark Asset Building Coalition (NABC). NABC will work to promote financial independence and stability for residents of the City of Newark, and provide residents with financial education, access to wealth-building programs, and extended services around personal finance. The Steering Committee is made up of key Newark-based stakeholders including: United Way of Essex & West Hudson, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Newark Alliance, The Prudential Foundation, La Casa De Don Pedro, Urban league of Essex County, and New Community Corporation. NABC is funded by The Prudential Foundation and Citibank, with support for the Free Tax Prep site expansion made possible by Citi Community Development.

There are numerous VITA sites located throughout the City of Newark. Please take a moment to view our Newark VITA sites listing to find a location near you.

 

VITA BY THE NUMBERS

Total Federal Refund Amount

Total State Refund Amount

Individuals Who Received Earned Income Tax Credits

Total Earned Income Tax Credits

Total Amount Saved in Filing Fees for Participants

Average Tax Filing Fees

Total Returns

My Free Taxes

You may be able to prepare your own taxes, either at home or at one of our sites that host My Free Taxes.

If you are comfortable with computers and have a simple tax return, generally only W-2’s, then you should consider using My Free Taxes. You are welcome to use My Free Taxes at home if you have a computer and don’t need our assistance. If you would prefer, come to one of the sites in our site directory. We have computers you can use as well as access to our certified VITA Volunteers.

Please go to the following link if you would like to utilize this service: https://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes

CONTACT US

 


 

The individuals or agencies listed below are available to assist you with specific questions.

 

Find a VITA site near you by calling the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1

 

VOLUNTEER


Become a VITA Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of families in the Greater Newark area.

Every year, there are dozens of people just like you who contribute their time and expertise to providing free tax preparation to thousands of individuals and families across Newark and Essex County.

If you have experience doing tax returns, are good at working details, or willing to learn, and want to contribute to your community, we have the volunteer program for you.

Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer for this program.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING


  • All Forms W-2 and 1099
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents
  • Proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse
  • Total paid to day care provider and their tax ID number
  • Birth dates for you, spouse and/or dependents on the return
  • Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C (ACA Statements)
  • For prior year returns, copies of income transcripts from IRS (and state, if applicable)

LEARN ABOUT OUR SAVINGS PROGRAMS


This year our program is also providing two exciting savings program to help our clients maximize their refund.  The SaverLife (make this a hyperlink to the website – https://www.saverlife.org) program rewards individuals for saving at least $20 per month.  For every $20 that’s saved, they will match $10, for up to 6 months.  That’s an additional $60 added to our client’s savings.

The other program, that we’re introducing, is the Save Your Refund Program (make this a hyperlink to the website –https://saveyourrefund.com/enter/).  If our clients save a minimum of $50, from their tax return, using the tax form 8888, they will be entered into a promotion to win $100 or the grand prize of $10,000.  Please see further details below or click on the links for the programs websites.

 

  • SaverLife – saverlife.org (EARN)
    • Rewards you for consistently saving at least $20 a month.
    • For every $20 you save each month they will match you with $10, for up to 6 months.
    • Program lasts for 6 months.
    • After 6 months you can claim your reward by completing the exit survey and providing your bank account and routing number.
      • This product is not a bank or savings account. You must link it with you existing online banking account.
    • Requirements: 18+, valid email address, savings account in your name.
    • Saving is tracked by you making your own deposits, transfers, or direct deposit.
  • Save Your Refund (Commonwealth and AmericaSaves) – saveyourrefund.com/enter/ to register for the program
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Must be eligible for a federal tax refund
    • Use tax form 8888 to split refund and save a portion of your return.
    • Save a minimum of $50.
    • Can enter a promotion to win one of ten $100 prizes or one of two grand prizes of $10,000.
    • Must send the promotion sponsor a copy of your 8888 (sponsors are Commonwealth and America Saves)
    • Must enter $100 prize in order to enter the $10,000 prize.
    • $10,000 prize: Submit a photo that represents your savings goal or your motivation to save. Submit it along with a caption of up to 250 characters.

City of Newark VITA Sites

NORTH WARD

Vince Lombardi Center of Hope
201 Bloomfield Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104
Mon, Weds, Fri 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

SOUTH WARD

Belmont Runyon School
1 Belmont Runyon Way, Newark, NJ 07108
Tues & Thurs 1 to 6 PM

B.R.I.C.K. Peshine Academy
433 Peshine Avenue, Newark, NJ 07112
Mon, Weds, Fri 1 to 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy
219 Avon Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104
Tues & Thurs 1 to 6 PM

Malcolm X. Shabazz High School
80 Johnson Avenue, Newark, NJ 07108
Tues & Thurs 1 to 6 PM

Achieve Community Charter School
534 Clinton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07108
Mon, Weds, Fri 1 to 6 PM

EAST WARD

Ironbound Community Corporation
7 Wilson Avenue, Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 465-0947 x408
Mon – Thurs 3 to 7 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

WEST WARD

The Urban League
506 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07107
Tues 10 AM to 5 PM, Thurs 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 1 PM

EAST ORANGE

East Orange General Hospital
300 Central Avenue, 1st Floor
East Orange, NJ 07018
Tues & Thurs 12pm to 7pm
Saturdays 10am to 3pm

CENTRAL WARD

Essex County College
303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102
Mon – Thurs 11 AM to 8 PM,
Fridays 10 AM to 2 PM

New Community Corporation
274 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103
Tues 10 AM to 3 PM, Weds 2 to 6 PM,
Thursday 12 PM to 5 PM

Newark Emergency Services for Families
982 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07103
Mon – Fri 12 to 5 PM

New Jersey Citizen Action
165 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Mon – Fri 8 AM to 5 PM,
Saturdays 8 AM to 2 PM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

United Way of Essex and West Hudson • New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice • Newark Alliance
Prudential • La Casa De Don Pedro • Urban League of Essex County
Ironbound Community Corporation • Greater Newark LISC