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Newark Offers Free Help For Those Filing Tax Returns

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You may be starting to receive those W-2 forms in the mail, which means the tax filing season has begun.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, qualified residents in Newark can get some free help.

Filing taxes can be a headache, and professional services can cost you. So the City of Newark has once again set up volunteers at three sites to help low- and moderate-income families.

“We are going to do your taxes for free,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker. “We are going to find money you didn’t realize you were owed.”

Booker praised the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which he said has saved millions of dollars over the past 10 years.

Lavar Young, head of the non-profit Newark Now that administers the program, said the group also helps struggling families find every dollar for which they qualify, “maximizing the potential for their benefits and refunds.”

Newark Now said over the last decade, the program has helped deliver tens of millions of dollars through the earned income tax credit.

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