Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

All VITA Sites open on Monday, January 22, 2018. Click here to see the full list of sites.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that offers free tax help to people with $54,000 or less taxable income on their tax return. The VITA program 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 VITA 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. The VITA 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 eleven VITA sites throughout Newark in 2018 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.

 

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

Gavin Taylor
Manager of the Financial Empowerment Center
United Way of Essex & West Hudson
60 Park Place, Suite 1400
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: 973-854-2244
Email: gtaylor@uwewh.org

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.

Gavin Taylor
Manager of the Financial Empowerment Center
United Way of Essex & West Hudson
60 Park Place, Suite 1400
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: 973-854-2244
Email: gtaylor@uwewh.org

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)

City of Newark VITA Sites

NORTH WARD

Vince Lombardi Center of Hope 201 Bloomfield Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (973) 483-8420 Tues & Thurs 10 AM to 6 PM Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

SOUTH WARD

B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy
219 Avon Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 733-6750
Mon & Weds 1 to 7 PM

KIPP Thrive Academy
Address: 229 18th Ave, Newark, NJ 07108
Phone: (973) 273-7272
Tuesday and Thursdays 11 am to 6pm

Belmont Runyon Elementary School
Address: 1 Belmont Runyon Way, Newark, NJ 07108
Phone: (973) 733-6920
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm to 6 pm.

 

EAST WARD

Mantena Global Care 294 Ferry Street Newark, NJ 07105 Mon & Thurs 3 to 8 PM Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

WEST WARD

Urban League of Essex County
508 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07107
Contact: Patricia Sermon
(973) 624-9535 x294
Tues 11 AM to 6 PM,
Thurs 11 AM to 7 PM and
Every 1st and 3rd Sat 10 AM to 1 PM

CENTRAL WARD

New Community Workforce Development Center
278 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 824-6484
Tues 10 AM to 3 PM, Weds 2 to 6 PM,
Thursday 12 PM to 5 PM

New Jersey Citizen Action
165 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Contact: Naomi Anderson
(973) 273-0315
Mon – Fri 9 AM to 7 PM,
Saturdays 8 AM to 2 PM

The Clubhouse
(Center of Hope)

205 Spruce Street
Newark, NJ 07108
(973) 623-6120
Mon & Wed 11 AM to 6 PM

Essex County College
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Mon – Thurs 10 AM to 5 PM,
Fridays 10 AM to 2 PM

Newark Emergency Services for Families
982 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 639-2100
Mon – Fri 12 to 5 PM