Christie Administration Announces Series of Tax Assistance Events for Sandy Victims in Ocean County

TOMS RIVER –  Governor Christie’s ongoing effort to bring government services directly to those who suffered damage or disruption in their lives due to Superstorm Sandy will move forward with a series of free tax assistance events around the state during February and March.

The events, organized by the State Treasury Department’s Division of Taxation, will help individuals and businesses prepare their 2012 tax returns.

For the convenience of the public, the events will be held in towns that suffered heavy damage during Sandy. In Ocean County they will be conducted at three library branches and have been scheduled during weekday, evening hours.

Twelve to 16 representatives from the Office of the Governor and the State Treasurer’s Office, along with the IRS, will assist residents with questions about reporting Sandy-related personal and business losses on their federal and New Jersey tax returns. They will also assist residents recover lost tax documents and reconstruct lost personal or business records.

Representatives from the Office of Unclaimed Property will assist with searches for such items as forgotten stock money, lost paychecks, and bank lock box contents.

The State’s Division of Taxation, Local Property Tax office will assist residents with questions about property tax and appeal rights due to damages caused by the storm.

Along with tax assistance, the events will also offer opportunities for out-of-state contractors and other businesses working temporarily in New Jersey on post-Sandy clean-up and reconstruction projects to register their businesses with Treasury’s Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services.

The three library branches will provide a mobile computer lab with eight computers and free WiFi access for those who bring their own laptops or mobile devices.

To register online go to the Web site https://www.state.nj.us/treas/taxation/contactus_tytstormsandyrelief.shtml or send an email to outreach.tax@treas.state.nj.us , or telephone (609) 633-6015 and leave a message. Walk-ins are also welcome to participate.

“These tax assistance events will provide New Jersey residents with the opportunity to obtain free in-person guidance from tax professionals from the Division and the Internal Revenue Service on a wide range of Sandy-related issues,” said State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff.

The events are also being supported by the AARP’s Tax-Aide program and the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

In Ocean County the events will be held:

  • Thursday February 28 at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Ocean County Library branch in Little Egg Harbor (609) 294-1197
  • Monday March 18 at 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Ocean County Library branch in Toms River (732) 349-6200
  • Tuesday March 26 at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Ocean County Library branch in Brick (732) 477-4513.

The same program will be held at the Fairview Public Library: the Hoboken Municipal Building; the Keyport Municipal Building; the Ridgefield Public Library; and the Sea Bright Gym in Bradley Beach.

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