With tax season quickly approaching, we’d like to share free local resources that assist with tax preparation. United Way of Western Connecticut has successfully helped thousands of Connecticut residents with free tax preparation in previous years through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and the program is back again this year!
United Way partners with local agencies and the Connecticut Association of Human Services to make this program available in Western Connecticut. Through the VITA program, qualified volunteers provide tax preparation services that are completely free to households that earn less than $56,000 per year. Services are provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For those earning more than $56,000 but less than $66,000, online tax filing is also available through MyFreeTaxes.
In 2018, the program has successfully prepared over 1,800 free tax returns in Western Connecticut, returning over $2.94 million in total federal refunds to taxpayers and keeping $696,000 of Earned Income Tax Credits in the pockets of lower-wage earners.
The United Way of Western Connecticut fights for financial stability of every person in every community, so make sure to take advantage of the VITA program this tax season!
To take part in the VITA program this tax season, take a look at locations in the flyers below. Then call VITA at (203) 826-9517 to make an appointment.
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Additional resources for greater financial stability:
ALICE Saves Program offers a matched savings program where you can earn up to $60 when you save at least $20 per month for six months, and free access to financial advice through Trusted Advisor.
The Connecticut Money School offers free financial education classes on topics like budgeting, debt, saving, credit and homeownership. For more information, contact Barbara Steadman, 860-951-2212 ext. 244.
United Way One-on-One Budget Coaching & Workshops offers clients confidential one-on-one budget coaching, credit repair and asset-building.