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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 its lifetime, VITA has served over 1,000 individuals saving $150,000 in tax preparation services and totaling over a million dollars in refunds.

We are now accepting appointments for late files and previous years' returns.

Call 201.489.9454 x206

Bergen Volunteers
64 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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.

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Who qualifies for VITA?

  • Income less than $65,000

  • Bergen County Residents only

  • Elderly/Seniors

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • College students

How It Works

  • In-person Taxes are completed by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 201.221.4705. 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 1 to 3 hours to complete. Please give yourself ample time.

  • Need drop-off/virtual services? Please call to schedule a virtual appointment. A limited number of virtual appointments are available.

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.

For more information contact Melissa LaRobardier 201.489-9454x206

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