News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director
Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul Drake, Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2023
Somerset County Offers Free Tax-Aide Program
Additional Location Added for March 8 in Warren
SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County’s Volunteer Services and AARP have once again teamed up with Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services to provide the Tax-Aide program to help residents prepare their taxes. The free, no-fuss, no-muss, tax-counseling service is available to all county residents, but specifically for older adults, residents with disabilities, and lower-income residents who need help preparing federal and New Jersey income tax returns.
In addition to the regular tax site locations, the county-operated Warrenbrook Senior Center, located at 500 Warrenville Road, Warren, NJ 07059, is offering a special opportunity for seniors. The program will take place on Wednesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for an appointment, please contact the Warrenbrook Senior Center at 908-328-1528.
The AARP Tax Aide Program offers help throughout the tax season from 6 locations throughout the County. This year, there will be approximately 57 volunteers providing direct support to residents at six sites in Somerset County, including Montgomery, North Branch, Manville, Bridgewater, Franklin, and Green Brook. To register, please contact the Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services at 908-541-5710.
Tax counselors will review and prepare residents’ New Jersey and federal tax documents, and then file their documents electronically. To ensure they are up to date on current tax laws and forms for both the federal and state governments, volunteer counselors receive annual training and are tested and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
Tax returns are filed electronically, enabling taxpayers to obtain a more rapid refund if they are eligible. Volunteers can also assist with preparing Property Tax Reimbursement (PTR) forms for homeowners ages 65-years or older who meet eligibility requirements.
Residents must schedule an appointment to receive tax assistance. Appointments are available through April 15. Residents are required to bring the following items to their appointment:
- 2021 W-2 forms
- Copy of 2020 tax returns
- Bank, broker and social security statements
- Receipts for medical and other expenses
Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services recruit people of all ages to volunteer for various county departments and/or programs. The Office of Volunteers oversees the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Handyman Project, Money Management Program, Tax Filing Assistance Program, Tutoring Program, Fall Clean-Up Program, and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
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