January 22, 2019

VITA ramps up free tax-return help

Photo | Flickr via Ken Teegardin
Photo | Flickr via Ken Teegardin
An IRS 1040 tax form being filling out.

Connecticut's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is gearing up to help the state's neediest taxpayers to prepare and file their state and federal income-tax returns.

The Village for Families & Children, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Human Resources Agency of New Britain and the Connecticut Association for Human Services all said they will open tax sites in Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland, Windham, Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties.

At each site, VITA's IRS-certified volunteers will help free of charge low- and middle-income individuals and households with 2018 incomes up to $55,000, along with persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers prepare their own tax returns.

State and federal returns also are electronically filed at no charge. Along with tax filing help, taxpayers can learn more about financial literacy support available to them from each organization.

Individuals and families with household incomes up to $66,000 in 2018 can also get assistance and file online at any time using MyFreeTaxes.com.

Last year, VITA helped nearly 28,500 tax filers across Connecticut who received close to $54 million in refunds and credits, authorities said.
To schedule an appointment or locate VITA tax assistance sites in your city or town, visit www.211ct.org.

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