Free tax help available

SUSSEX COUNTY. Local residents again may have their taxes prepared at no cost to them at tax sites run by United Way of Northern New Jersey and its partners.

| 26 Jan 2024 | 09:34

Local residents again may have their taxes prepared at no cost to them at tax sites run by United Way of Northern New Jersey and its partners in Morris, Somerset, suburban Essex, Sussex and Warren counties.

Those who wish to have their returns completed virtually may use a free, safe, secure online portal.

This service is designed to help New Jersey households struggling to afford the basics. For local individuals and families who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) or in poverty, the free tax-preparation program allows them to receive the credits and refunds they’ve earned while saving the average $270 fee paid that tax-preparers charge.

“ALICE and households in poverty are choosing between keeping the heat on and putting food on the table. With budgets already stretched thin, spending hundreds on a tax-preparer isn’t an option,” said Kiran Handa Gaudioso, chief executive of United Way of Northern New Jersey. “That’s why United Way, our partners and our highly trained volunteers are committed to helping ALICE families get back every dollar they deserve - and need.”

United Way has teamed up with the IRS, Norwescap and Greater Providence Missionary Baptist Church to offer in-person appointments with IRS-certified volunteers who prepare and file both state and federal returns for free.

To schedule an in-person or drop-off appointment, text FreeTaxNJ to 51555. Or call 973-993-1160 ext. 5, leave a message and a scheduler will return your call to set up an appointment.

By visiting, tax filers may access the easy-to-use online system to have their federal and state tax returns prepared and filed electronically for free.

The system uses secure document uploads, encrypted email communication and video conferencing. Assistance and forms are available in both English and Spanish.

“Whether clients file their taxes with us in-person or online, they can expect a high-quality experience with IRS tax law-certified preparers, a double review process and the timely completion of their returns,” said Gaudioso. “Our tax-preparers also ensure clients receive all eligible deductions and credits.”

In addition to in-person or drop-off appointments and the online portal, income eligible individuals and families may use self-filing software to file their federal and state tax returns for free.

To learn more about filing options or for questions about the online portal, send email to or leave a message in English or Spanish at 973-993-1160 ext. 5 and a tax scheduler will return your call.