United Way Seeks Volunteers For Free Tax Prep

United Way of Northern New Jersey is seeking volunteers to meet the growing demand for its free tax preparation program, which helps those living paycheck to paycheck avoid the high cost of preparation fees during the upcoming tax season.
Last year, United Way teamed up with the IRS, community partners and local volunteers to file more than 5,800 free tax returns across the region, putting $5.7 million in returns back into residents’ pockets and the local economy.
“We saw a 25 percent increase in the number of families coming to us for help from the previous year,” said United Way CEO John Franklin. “Without the help of committed volunteers, we cannot address this need.”
To learn about the program, the first step involves watching a one hour webinar that provides an overview of the tax program and the volunteer opportunities available. Three sessions of the webinar are scheduled for Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.; Nov. 1 at noon; Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
“Our volunteers tell us that they actually look forward to tax season because the experience is so rewarding,” Franklin said. “This is a great way to get involved and give back to your community.”
For more information or to register for the webinar to become a volunteer tax preparer, email Monica.Conover@UnitedWayNNJ.org,call 973.993.1160 x529or go to www.UnitedWayNNJ.org/TaxPrepTeam.

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