For the past two decades, taxpayers seeking help with their income tax returns have found help at the Monmouth County Library. This year's tax preparation assistance, offered by AARP Tax Aide program volunteers, will be offered at three Monmouth County Library branches, beginning in February.
AARP volunteers will be on hand at the Library Headquarters in Manalapan, the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury, and the Wall Township branch of the Monmouth County Library. This service is available for low-and middle-income taxpayers with simple returns.
Preparations will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis -- no appointment needed. You do not have to be a senior citizen to have your tax return done by the AARP. Please bring last year's tax returns with you.
Please note: All taxpayers must be present when their tax return is prepared. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers must be present. In an effort to prevent identity theft, tax preparers are required by the IRS to ask for your social security cards or comparable documentation for you (and spouse and all dependents if applicable.) Please have them with you when you arrive.
Read on for hours and details:
The schedule for AARP Tax Assistance at the Monmouth County Library is as follows:
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35 in Shrewsbury 07702
Sessions begin Saturday, February 8 and end on Tuesday April 15
Monday - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday - 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday -1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
Sessions begin Monday, Feb. 10 and run through Friday, April 11
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays - 1 to 4 p.m.
Library Headquarters. 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
Sessions begin Thursday, Feb. 20 and run through Monday, April 14
Mondays - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesdays - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
These hours are approximate. Please call library branches to check hours. Depending on the volume of clients, the tax assistants may stop taking new clients an hour or more before the end time listed. Tax preparation will not be held if the library is closed for a holiday.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. For more information, or with specific tax questions, please call 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277).
Tax forms for 2013 can be downloaded via the State of New Jersey and IRS websites. For assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk at any branch. Printing fees apply for tax forms printed at the library.
Website for State of NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/forms.shtml
Website for IRS: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms,-Publications,-and-Other-Tax-Products