Successful VITA Season Returns More Than $2 Million to Western CT Taxpayers
Tax season has come and gone once again, but thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, more than 1,800 residents of our area were able to have their taxes prepared for free and ensure that they received all relevant tax credits and deductions. Supported by United Way, VITA put more than $2.6 million in federal tax refunds back into the pockets of the people we serve. Almost $700,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits were returned to taxpayers across our region. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this problem so successful!
Free tax preparation by certified volunteers can help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
United Way is helping hard-working families return more of their income through VITA.
United Way of Western Connecticut is proud to support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs in our community every year and work alongside the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) and other community partners to provide this service that can put more dollars back into our community. Increasing the amount of Earned Income Tax Credits and returns, while providing a free service to ALICE households, has been shown to improve economic security.
VITA is a safe, simple way to file your taxes. With volunteers, VITA prepares tax returns at no cost for families that earn less than $55,000 per year by working as a team to make sure everything is right and that all returns are quality reviewed.
VITA Sites in Western Connecticut
For more information, and for locations throughout Connecticut, visit https://uwc.211ct.org/taxhelp
View our flier to confirm locations, telephone numbers, as well as the documents to bring with you to your VITA appointment.
2019 VITA Info Flier (PDF - English, Espanol, Português)
Additional Resources for Greater Financial Stability
Explore additional programs for a more secure financial future and resources for money management and financial stability:
- The Connecticut Money School (www.ctmoney.org) 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 Financial Opportunity Center (www.uwwesternct.org/foc) offers clients confidential one-on-one budget coaching, credit repair and asset-building. For more information, contact Casey Levene, 203-297-6674.
- EARN Starter Savings Program (www.earn.org/ctuw) offers a matched savings program where you can earn up to $60 when you save at least $20/month over 6 months. For more information, visit www.earn.org/ctuw or call 888-487-3276.
- 2-1-1 (www.211ct.org) offers a comprehensive database of all social service supports available in Connecticut. For more information, visit www.211ct.org or call 2-1-1.