Posted Monday, October 21st, 2019
United Way United Way of Northern New Jersey has launched a recruitment campaign for volunteer tax preparers in order to have trained volunteers across its five-county footprint of Morris, Suburban Essex, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties for the upcoming tax return season.
“Becoming a volunteer tax preparer is a tangible way to make a difference in the lives of those struggling to afford the basics,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “By helping ALICE avoid high preparation fees and receive tax credits for which they are eligible, much-needed funds are put back into their wallets and the local economy.”
To become an IRS-certified tax prep volunteer, individuals are required to take a free training course that is offered both by United Way and through online resources.
Nearly 200 volunteers helped United Way and its partners, NORWESCAP RSVP, Greater Providence Missionary Baptist Church and the IRS, file 6,000 returns for free during the last tax season. This collaboration brought back $6.6 million in refunds to struggling families and saved them $1.5 million in tax preparation costs.