The Family Resource Success Center, 274 South Orange Ave., Newark, is offering free tax preparation provided by certified IRS preparers beginning on Feb. 8. Services are offered by appointment only Tuesdays for drop off only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays for drop off only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays for pick up only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eligible individuals must call the center and make an appointment at 973-565-9500. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Taxpayers with earned income less than $54,000 are eligible for the program. For those who are married and filing a joint return, the combined earned income must be less than $54,000.
Taxpayers filing business income (Schedule C or Schedule E), rental income, 1099B (proceeds from broker and barter exchange transactions such as stocks and bonds) and Puerto Rico or foreign income are not eligible for the program.
See the flyer for the list of items individuals need to bring in order to take advantage of the free tax preparation services.
In addition to free tax prep, the Family Resource Success Center links those seeking assistance with information, referral resources and educational opportunities designed to empower and improve the quality of their lives. The center provides referrals to New Community programs and services, as well as to other agencies in the area.
The center also has many services and referrals available, including financial literacy, benefit screenings, SNAP (food stamps), energy and water assistance, lead abatement, homelessness assistance and prevention, rental assistance, substance abuse services, health care, prescription drug programs, prenatal programs and advocacy, among many others.
The Family Resource Success Center is currently providing benefit screenings, support and resource assistance by phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 973-565-9500. The center is located on the first floor of the New Community Health Care Building, 274 South Orange Ave., Newark.