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Tax Help for Seniors Coming to Community Center

Parsippany residents of a certain age or income level can qualify for free tax assistance.

Free tax assistance will be available to Parsippany senior citizens and low income or disabled residents courtesy of the township.

The Parsippany Human Services Department offers tax help sessions facilitated by experienced and trained American Association of Retired Persons and Internal Revenue Service tax aides. Sessions start Feb. 7 and run every Tuesday through April 17. The three-hour sessions begin at 9 a.m. and take place at the , located at 1130 Knoll Road in Lake Hiawatha.

People who wish to use this service must qualify. Officials said those interested should bring copies of their completed 2010 federal and state income tax returns along with information concerning all sources of income such as social security, pension, wages, interest, dividends, capital gains, stock sales and their original cost, medical expenses, property taxes, mortgage interest, and charitable contributions. Tenants should know the amount of rent they paid in 2011.

Additionally, the state will provide applicants with  a Property Tax Reimbursement booklet (PTR 1 or 2). Applicants must take the enclosed  Homeowners Verification form to the Town Hall Tax Department to be filled out and stamped and then take the booklet and form to their scheduled tax appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment, interested residents may call Lynne or Colleen at 973-263-7351.

Maureen Gill January 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
IMPORTANT!!! This service is NOT limited to seniors, disabled, or low income residents, as stated in the article. Eligibility is based solely on the complexity of the return. (For example, anyone with farm or rental income would NOT be eligible, regardless of age or income level. Those topics are not covered in the training that the volunteer preparers receive.) This service is also available at the PAL building on Baldwin Road, every Thursday from February 2 through the end of tax season.

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