Note: The Library does not have eclipse viewing glasses, but we will be live-streaming the eclipse in our program room.
Recommended Websites

The WML staff has compiled lists of what we feel provide useful help on taxes.  These websites are free, authoritative, and regularly updated.

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Tax Help

 
 

IRS FORMS and INSTRUCTIONS
The IRS is sending out fewer and fewer tax forms each year.  They want you to  e-file your taxes.


The Westfield Memorial Library has a complete set of tax forms for you to photocopy.  Ask for the binder at the reference desk.


You may download any form and instructions for both this year and last year from the IRS web site.    https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs

 

You may also phone the IRS and request that your forms be mailed you.

1-800-829-3676 (1-800-TAX FORM)

 

Note:  Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, is only available from the IRS website in downloadable format because it is almost 300 pages.                     https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf


A copy is available at the reference desk and may not be removed from the library.

Taxpayers can also listen to information with little or no waiting by calling IRS Teletext 1-800-829-4477 to hear pre-recorded messages in English or Spanish covering various tax topics or to check on the status of a refund.

 

VISIT THE IRS LOCAL OFFICE
200 Sheffield St.
Mountainside, NJ 07092  
Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone:  908-301-2112
Appointments:   844-545-5640

 

 

 

NEW JERSEY FORMS and INFORMATION

The state of New Jersey has not made printed copies of tax forms available for distribution for over 4 years.  You have to call Trenton to get them to mail you a copy; or photocopy forms at the Library.  You can download forms and instructions at:
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/forms.shtml

 

By phone
Call the automated phone line to order forms at 609-826-4400 or 1-800-323-4400  (within NJ, NY, PA, DE and MD).

 

Email  
Receive your form via email; or, if you have any questions you can use the web link to the NJ Division of Taxation https://www.state.nj.us/treas/taxation/contactus_tyttaxa.shtml

 

Walk-In Assistance from the state Regional Information Centers
The normal hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays. 
The closest regional information centers are located at:

124 Halsey St # 5, Newark, NJ 07102
75 Veterans Memorial Dr E #103, Somerville, NJ 08876
50 Barrack St, Trenton, NJ 08695
All have the same phone number:  (609) 292-6400

 

 

 
 
 
 
     

FREE FILING ON THE INTERNET

 

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to prepare and e-file your federal and state tax return without paying a dime.  Be sure you read the fine print and disclaimers before you start plugging numbers into an online program. Otherwise, you could discover that you don’t qualify.

  H&R Block More Zero

Who can use it: Taxpayers who file 1040EZ or 1040A, and itemizers who claim the most common deductions on form 1040.  Includes state return.  
If you have a 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 with Schedule A – you'll pay nothing when you file online.                                                  

 

 

  Credit Karma

Most taxpayers, including those with self-employment and/or investment income can use this program.  State tax return included.  Taxpayers with income from investments or self-employment can use this program. There are a few limitations—the program won’t handle income from estates, for example—but 90% of taxpayers may be eligible to use the product.

  DIY Tax This program, offered by tax preparation company Liberty Tax, is available to all taxpayers, even those with complex forms; state return included.
  TaxSlayer

Taxpayers who file 1040EZ , with income less than $100,000, taxable interest less than $1,500 and no dependents can use this program.  State tax return included.
 

  IRS Free File

Free File isn’t limited to taxpayers with simple returns, but your income is limited to $64,000.   If you itemize, or have income from investments or self-employment, you can prepare and e-file your federal tax return through the IRS’ own web site.                                         

  Turbotax ALL Free If you file 1040EZ or 1040 A, made less than $100,000, don't own a home or rental property,  didn't sell investments, don't own a business or have 1099 income and don't have major medical expenses, you can use this program.
  MYFREETAXES (sponsored by UnitedWay) If you make less than $64,000, you may be eligible.  There is a video on how to use the site, and a live chat is available for help.

FREE HELP FOR SENIORS
UNITED WAY FREE TAX PREP IN UNION COUNTY

 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

 

CRANFORD COMMUNITY CENTER
220 WALNUT AVE
CRANFORD, NJ 07016
(908) 709-7283
M, F Noon-4:00pm
Open only to residents of Cranford; Appointment Required

 

ELIZABETH PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 S Broad St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-354-6060 ext. 7212
T, TH 9:30am-12:30pm
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Senior Citizens only; Spanish Available

 

LINDEN - GREGORIO RECREATION CENTER
330 Helen Street
Linden, NJ 07036
908-474-8627
TU 9:00am - 1:00pm
No appointment needed; Handicap accessible

 

NEW PROVIDENCE SENIOR CENTER
15 East 4th Street
New Providence, NJ 07974
(908) 665-0046
M, SA 9:00am-03:00pm
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Senior Citizens only

 

PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
800 Park Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3506
TU, SA 9:30AM-1:30PM
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible

 

PLAINFIELD SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER
400 E Front St.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3506
M, F 9:00am-1:00pm
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Senior Citizens only

PLAINFIELD ACTION SERVICES
510 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
888-409-2935
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Spanish Available

 

RAHWAY SENIOR CENTER
1306 Esterbrook Ave.
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 827-2016
M 10:00AM-2:00PM; W 9:30AM-2:00PM; TH 9:30AM-1:00PM
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Senior Citizens only; Spanish Available; Residents of Rahway & Linden only

 

SCOTCH PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY
1927 Bartle Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 322-5007
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible

 

SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
66 Mountain Ave.
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 376-4930
W 9:30am-1:00pm
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Senior Citizens only

 

SAGE ELDER CARE
298 Broad St.
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 598-5509
TH 9:00AM-1:00PM
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible; Seniors only

UNION TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER
968 BONNEL CT
UNION, NJ 07083
(908) 851-5290
F 9:30AM-1:00PM
Appointment Required; Handicap Accessible

 
 
 
 
 
     

Monday - Thursday, 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed During the Summer