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Feb 08, 2018

United Way Offers Free Tax Preparation

In partnership with Fulfill (formerly, The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties), United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is offering free personalized tax preparation at its Financial Success Center (FSC) in the Freehold Raceway Mall. Housed in the Meridian Community Resource Center, the FSC provides free, comprehensive resources under one roof to help people move from financial difficulty to economic well-being.

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties mobilizes donors, volunteers and community partners to improve the lives of youth and their families. One way the organization helps struggling workers in our community is by connecting them with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, certain requirements must be met and a tax return must be filed, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file.  Last year, the Financial Success Center helped 429 individuals and families file their taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This resulted in $653,447 in State and Federal refunds for participants, including $267,210 in Earned Income Tax Credits.

Monmouth and Ocean County households earning $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $30,000 or less, are eligible for free tax preparation by IRS certified tax professionals from Fulfill. Appointments are available from January 26th to April 18th Tuesday – Saturday at the Financial Success Center. To make an appointment at the FSC or other sites throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, call NJ 211 by dialing 2-1-1, or to schedule online, visit If your household earns $62,000 or less, you can also file your taxes online for free at

The FSC provides services at no cost to participants through a seamless collaboration among United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, Fulfill, Monmouth County Workforce Development Board and Navicore Solutions. Services range from career, budget and home ownership counseling to assistance in finding quality childcare. For more information about free tax preparation and other services that the Financial Success Center offers, visit