Ten MAIN Libraries to Participate in Free Tax Assistance Program
Service offered in New Jersey Area Libraries across Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties
February 20, 2020
Cedar Knolls, NJ – Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) Libraries, a northern New Jersey shared services consortium of 38 public libraries, recently announced that 10 of its member libraries will host free tax assistance programs offered by AARP Foundation, United Way VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and other community partners.
Staffed by teams of trained volunteer tax preparers, the free tax assessment programs are designed to help eligible individuals navigate and complete the complex process of preparing and filing state and federal tax returns. MAIN member libraries participating in the program include the Bernards Township, Chathams, Chester, Jefferson Township, Morris County, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Roxbury and Wharton libraries.
“If a library’s primary purpose is to provide resources and meet the needs of their community, then we can think of no better way to meet those needs during tax season than to offer a way for our patrons to get access to the best tax assistance available, and free of charge,” said Eileen Burnash, Library Director of Wharton Public Library. “Tax season can be very stressful for many people, so being able to see our patrons leave at the end of the day with one less worry on their shoulders is a wonderful thing to watch.”
Lesley Karczewski, Library Director of Chester Library, adds, “While public libraries are by nature open to all people, many don’t think of the library as part of their lives because they are struggling with day-to-day management. They come to Chester Library for tax preparation and a whole new world is open to them.”
In addition to MAIN’s member libraries, free tax assistance is available in hundreds of other locations across Hunterdon, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties. While some locations are open to walk-ins, most are by appointment only. Language accommodations are also offered in some participating locations.
MAIN member libraries do not facilitate or schedule appointments. To sign up for one of the free tax assistance programs or learn about eligibility requirements and dates the program is offered, residents can visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-free-tax-assistance-locations.
The Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) is a consortium of 38 public libraries located in Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. MAIN’s mission is to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation by providing high quality, cost-effective shared services to member libraries for their communities. MAIN aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve readily access a rich spectrum of resources.