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Free Tax Preparation Sites

United Way of Northern New Jersey’s free tax preparation sites will be closed for in-person preparation throughout the tax filing season.  The preparation of all 2020 state and federal tax filings and back taxes will occur remotely through an easy-to-use portal that includes secure document uploads, encrypted email communication, and video conferencing. This service is only open to individuals and families. Businesses and landlords are not eligible for this service. Free self-preparation software will also be available.

Getting started

Beginning February 1, 2021, visit our secure online portal here to start the tax filing process. Using a computer or your smartphone, you can scan or take pictures of required documents for upload. Our IRS-certified tax preparers will review all documents and communicate with you through video chat or by phone for the entire process. This will include clarifying or obtaining additional information, reviewing the return with you, completing it, and filing it electronically. Assistance and forms will be available in both English and Spanish. Once all documents are uploaded, returns will be prepared for completion within seven to 10 business days.

Prepare your own return

United Way can offer two free alternatives for those who prefer to prepare and file on their own.

  1. For free federal and state tax filing software with no income limits, Schedule C forms for those who are self-employed and on-call assistance from our IRS-certified tax preparers, email United Way Tax Prep or call 973.993.1160, x521. A tax specialist will respond with an exclusive link to the software. 

  2. Visit for a free, online service with no income limits for self-filing of federal and state tax returns. In addition, the software will be available for those who need to file a Schedule C form if they are self-employed. provides a helpline staffed by IRS-certified 211 call specialists who are available to answer questions in English and Spanish and help filers complete their return accurately. 


For questions about the online filing portal or if you are experiencing difficulties getting started, email United Way Tax Prep or call 973.993.1160, x521.

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