Resources are available to help CT low-income families cope with COVID-19 economic hardships. Examples of these resources include:
$1,200 Payment under the Economic Impact Program
You may have heard about the $1,200 payment that the Federal Government is sending to families who have filed taxes in 2018 or 2019.
These funds also are available to many low-income families who have not filed taxes in the past or have not yet filed taxes this year. However, to receive these funds, families will need to file with the IRS!
Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC): $2,500 Average Payment
EITC is a powerful program that addresses poverty that provides an average of a $2,500 annual payment to low-income tax filers. For a number of different reasons, many eligible families have not secured these benefits in the past. Because of the closing of tax-preparation centers across our state, the risks that many more will miss out on this support during the Covid-19 crisis has risen. The clock is ticking on this year’s EITC payment. July 15, 2020 is the filing deadline! Get your taxes prepared. It’s easy, quick and free.
Free Online Tax Preparation by Certified Tax Preparers Is Now Available
Through the fast and hard work of the CAHS teams and its volunteers, a new online tax preparation team has been assembled. They are working with people across Connecticut. The service, known as the Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Virtual VITA) program is FREE and approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Gaining access to this program is simple. Just provide us with your name and email. We’ll email you the information you need to get started. Often, the process can be completed in just a few hours.
"The ALICE report, the study of financial hardship published by Connecticut United Ways, tells us that too many households in CT are living paycheck to paycheck. We want our families to be financially stable and we support the VITA free tax preparation program because it provides the opportunity for working families to realize and secure the tax credits and refunds they are entitled to. Those refunds help our struggling households pay for food, housing, healthcare and childcare. " - Cathy DeCesare, Senior Vice President of the United Way.
Your Privacy Matters To Us
Your personal information is not shared with anyone outside our agency. Please note that you will be recieving emails from us asking you to prepare your financial documents and giving you a link to meet with an IRS certified tax professional. The information you share with them will ONLY be given to the IRS. It will NOT be shared with anyone else.
The Connecticut Association of Human Services is a 110-year-old nonprofit located in Hartford, CT. We are a 501(c)(1) IRS Tax Exempt organization receiving funding and support from Citibank, Wells Fargo, United Way and Fairfield County's Community Foundation, among others.
About the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
Before the Covid-19 shutdowns, 60 VITA sites operated across Connecticut. The sites were housed in public libraries like the Silas Bronson Library, the New Haven Free Public Library, and the Norwalk Public Library. VITA also operated in community centers like the Burroughs Community Center, the Hispanic Coalition, and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. In many cases, the free, online Virtual VITA sites continue to be coordinated with the partners in these locations.
Important Note: New government supports to help people through economic hardships created by the Covid-19 pandemic are being discussed in the U.S. Congress and the CT Assembly. By providing us with your contact information, we’ll be able to send information out to you as it becomes available.