(Hartford, Conn.) January 2, 2020– Human service organizations across Connecticut are gearing up to help low to middle income residents prepare and file their 2019 federal and state tax returns at no cost through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA will kick off its popular tax filing support program at sites across Connecticut on January 7.
The Village for Families & Children, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Human Resources Agency of New Britainand the Connecticut Association for Human Services will open tax sites in Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, Windham, Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties.
At each site, VITA’s IRS-certified volunteers will help individuals and families with 2019 incomes up to $56,000, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.Federal and State returns are prepared and electronically filed at no charge. Along with tax filing help, taxpayers can learn more about financial literacy support available to them from each organization.
To schedule an appointment or locate VITA tax assistance sites in your city or town, visit www.211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 and press ‘3’ then ‘6’ after January 7.
In addition to face-to-face tax assistance, free online self-preparation and tax help is available for people who make up to $66,000 at www.myfreetaxes.com.
For more than a decade, VITA coalitions have been helping working families become financially secure.Free tax preparation is one way for hard-working families to keep more money in their wallets by obtaining the tax refunds and credits they have earned. Last year, volunteers at 175 VITA locations across Connecticut brought $73,222.366.00 in total refunds and credits to filers.
The 2019-2020 VITA and MyFreeTaxes program partners are: CT Association for Human Services; Human Resources Agency of New Britain; Internal Revenue Service; The Village for Families & Children; and Connecticut United Ways.