With April 15 Looming, Now is the Time to File at VITA Sites
As clock ticks, VITA sites prepare for final push
Uncle Sam is watching the clock: April 15th is fast approaching and now is the time for eligible individuals and families in the Windham area to visit Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for free tax preparation.
The VITA program offers free tax help for households with an annual income of less than $50,000.
IRS-trained volunteers prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms at no charge and ensure that taxpayers claim the proper tax credits and refunds, including the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit available to lower-to-moderate wage earning families that’s worth an average of $2,240 nationally, and the Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit (CT-EITC). The state and federal EITC combined may average up to $2,181 for working families.
Call 2-1-1 to set up a VITA appointment locally. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, multilingual information and referral hotline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VITA sites are operated during convenient times, including weekends, and free tax assistance is also available in Spanish and Polish at some sites.
Last year at United Way supported VITA sites in the Windham area, 729 filers benefited from the campaign bringing in $1,736,119 in refunds and credits, including $410,700 EITC refunds. At VITA sites, tax filers receive their tax refunds in 7-10 days through direct deposit into a personal bank account.
Also, in partnership with United Way Worldwide and the Walmart Foundation, United Way is providing a free tax filing program for households with an income up to $57,000. Visit myfreetaxes.com/unitedway to file state and federal taxes online.
United Way and its community partners are supporting VITA and MyFreeTaxes as a means of helping all families become and stay financially independent.
A complete list of United Way’s Windham area VITA sites can be at unitedwayinc.org/freetaxrefunds. For more information, please contact Brian Boyer at (860) 493-6834 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sponsors: Bank of America Charitable Foundation, City of Hartford/Opportunities Hartford Initiative, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Internal Revenue Service, New Alliance Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Women’s Leadership Council.