VITA

In 2017 we began free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income individuals, seniors, and English Language learners. Over a lifetime, VITA has served over 550 individuals saving $96,000 in tax preparation services and totaling to $751,392 in refunds.

VITA Program
2022 Tax Season (2021 Returns)

Bergen Volunteers
64 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Questions? Call 201.489.9454 x206

Who qualifies for VITA?

  • Income less than $60,000

  • Bergen County Residents only

  • Elderly/Seniors

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • College students

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Expected turn-around time for Virtual VITA Online/ Drop Off Tax Preparation Service is 7-14 days

Drop-Off Service Instructions

  • Pick up the Intake Packet during the hours listed above.

  • Follow instructions in the Intake Packet

    • Sign required consent forms

    • Enclose all required documents

  • Drop-off the completed packet (including the prior year's tax return) to the VITA site during your scheduled appointment time.

  • Tax preparation will be completed remotely. Client will be contacted via phone.

  • Taxpayer will be given an appointment for completed tax return pick up.

    • Taxpayer and spouse MUST be present for pick up.

In Person Service Instructions

  • In Person Taxes are completed by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 201.489.9454 x206. Appointments are limited. 

  • An intake specialist will call you to go over your information. If you qualify an in person appointment will be made.

  • In Person appointments take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. Please give yourself ample time.

Tax Preparation service will be provided by IRS certified volunteers.

Please note, appointments may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including inclement weather, without prior notice.

IMPORTANT. The following information is required:

  • MUST BRING - Photo identification for taxpayer and spouse

  • MUST BRING - Social Security Cards or ITIN card/letter for ALL members of the household

  • MUST BRING - Last year’s Tax Return

  • Proof of Income, 1099R (pension/annuity), 1099 Misc. (for contractual jobs, self-employed; expenses totaled up by categories), 1099 SSA (Social security benefits statement), 1099 INT, 1099 DIV, 1099 K (ride-share service), cash tips, or any other kind of income, 1099 G (unemployment)

  • If itemizing costs of all medical expenses (added up), mortgage interest statement, vehicle registration and charitable contributions (Less than $500 for non-cash donations)

  • Form 1098T (Tuition statement plus other education expenses e.g. books, supplies, computer, etc.) for claiming education credits

  • Form 1095A, if health insurance was bought from the marketplace

  • Child care expenses and provider's information including EIN/SSN, name and address. Cash payments required notarized letter.

  • Bank Routing number and account number for direct deposit / debit

  • If filing a joint return, Taxpayer & Spouse MUST be present during the final review.  Both must also be present, with ID, to pick up the return.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA is an IRS-certified program to provide free tax assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals and families, those with disabilities, the elderly and English Language Learners, who might need assistance with the forms.

For more information contact Melissa LaRobardier

201.489-9454x206 melissal@bergenvolunteers.org