Our VITA sites offer limited in-person and drop off services by appointment only through 211, and an online process through Get Your Refund, where you can electronically submit you and your household’s information and any necessary documents to file your tax return. Once submitted you will be contacted by a volunteer to assist you with the completion of your tax return. For more information, please contact Nick Brundage, VITA Program Manager, at 860-951-2212 x238 or email@example.com.
On Thursday, February 8, 2024, we kicked off the tax season at our VITA site at the Waterbury Reentry Welcome Center. Special thanks to the United Way of Greater Waterbury, the United Way of Beacon Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, the IRS, Community Partners in Action, and the City of Waterbury for your partnership in bringing this vital service to our reentry population!
View WTNH coverage of the Waterbury VITA Kickoff event.
On Friday, February 9, we will be at the Bridgeport Opportunities Industrialization Center for our kick-off in Bridgeport. Contact 211 for more information on the VITA program or to schedule an appointment at one of our many VITA sites across CT.
In partnership with the IRS and local community coalitions, CAHS coordinates an annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Campaign across Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, and Litchfield Counties.
A national program, VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. IRS-trained volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns, and screen customers for special tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit (Saver's Credit), that can help them to make ends meet. Visiting a VITA site instead of a paid tax preparer saves each filer an average of $300. Taxes can be filed electronically, in which case refunds are received within 7-10 days.
The EITC is widely regarded as the single most effective poverty-reduction program for working families in the United States. Working families with incomes up to $63,398 (depending on household size) qualify for the federal EITC, which may provide a credit of up to $7,430. A combination of free tax preparation services at a VITA site and the potentially large return from the EITC can really help to boost a family’s tight budget. The EITC can also provide the opportunity for a family to begin saving for the future, paying down debt, or investing in assets such as a home, small business, or higher education.
To find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), visit the IRS website.