The number represents a six percent increase in tax returns filed for these regions compared with 2016. The VITA program offers appointments with IRS-certified volunteers who help people accurately complete and submit their federal and state tax returns, claim applicable tax credits and get financial resources to help them plan for the future.
Together, The Village for Families & Children and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut mobilized more than 400 volunteers who provided tax preparation at no cost and connected filers with opportunities to become more financially secure.
The IRS predicts that 20 percent of eligible taxpayers do not claim their federal EITC. Yet, tax filers using this VITA and MyFreeTaxes programs received $6,958,509 from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) this tax season.
Free tax help was available between January 17 and April 18 to individuals and families with incomes up to $54,000 at 23 VITA sites in the Greater Hartford and Windham regions and five VITA sites in New Britain.
Free tax preparation services, for those who qualify, is one way The Village and gifts to United Way Community Investment help hard-working families keep more money in their wallets.
VITA and MyFreeTaxes.com are sponsored by The Village for Families & Children, Human Resources Agency of New Britain and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Partners are the City of Hartford, Community Accounting Services, and Internal Revenue Service. The 2017 VITA/MyFreeTaxes program has been generously supported by Bank of America, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, New Alliance Bank, and Webster Bank.