Beginning January 20th at Asnuntuck Community College, for three days a week, until April 17th more than 20 Asnuntuck Community College students will volunteer to help eligible taxpayers file their tax returns. The students, in addition to up to 10 additional community volunteers, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) have become IRS-certified financial volunteers. The students, and individuals will help eligible taxpayers prepare and electronically file their state and federal income tax forms at no charge. This group joins volunteers in other Central and Northeast Connecticut locations, including an additional site in Thompsonville, Connecticut. “I am proud of Asnuntuck’s students for understanding the importance of this program to members of our community. Their willingness to give of their time and talents is very much appreciated,” said Dr. James Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College. 

Free, in-person help is available by appointment to individuals and families with 2017 household incomes up to $54,000, at VITA sites in Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Vernon, West Hartford, Windsor Locks, and the Windham region. Volunteers make sure that filers claim their proper tax credits and refunds. Refunds are available in seven to 10 days.

What’s more, along with tax filing help, filers have access to financial literacy programs offered by VITA sponsors United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and The Village for Families & Children.

Individuals and families with household incomes up to $66,000 in 2017 can also get assistance and file online at any time using MyFreeTaxes.com.

Appointments are highly recommended for this free program. To schedule an appointment with a VITA tax assistance volunteer, www.211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 and press ‘3’ then ‘6’. For a list of VITA tax assistance sites, visit unitedwayinc.org/MyRefund. Asnuntuck will have volunteers on site, beginning on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Volunteers will be at Asnuntuck (170 Elm Street, Enfield) on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m.; Fridays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

For more than a decade, VITA and MyFreeTaxes have been helping working families become financially secure. Free tax preparation is one way for hard-working families to keep more money in their wallets. Last year, 12,378 tax filers in central and northeastern Connecticut received $27,823,715 in refunds and credits thanks to the VITA program and MyFreeTaxes.com.

For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org/myrefund.

The 2018 VITA and MyFreeTaxes program partners are: Community Accounting Services; Human Resources Agency of New Britain; Internal Revenue Service; The Village for Families & Children; and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

The 2018 VITA/MyFreeTaxes program, is generously supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Farmington Bank Community Foundation.