Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) appointments now available across Connecticut

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Several coalitions across Connecticut are gearing up to help Connecticut’s low to middle income residents prepare and file their federal and state returns at no cost through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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 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 2018 incomes up to $55,000, 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.

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.

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’.

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 nearly 28,500 tax filers across Connecticut received close to $54 million in refunds and credits thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and organizations involved in the VITA program.

The 2019 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.