Site Begin Operating Jan. 28 and Appointments Being Scheduled Now
Free income tax preparation services offered by Community Renewal Team starts soon for its 11th year helping low- and middle-income Connecticut families capture maximum tax credits while saving them costs on tax preparation services – to the tune of millions of dollars.
Last year, CRT’s VITA tax volunteers put more than $7.3 million into the pockets of Hartford and Middlesex County families through federal Earned Income Tax Credits, child care credits, tax refunds and savings on tax preparation fees. CRT tax filers have held on to more than $30 million in the past five years.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), offered by organizations across the nation, offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to income-eligible families. State and federal returns are e-filed, and refund checks are direct-deposited for those who have checking accounts or issued as a pre-loaded bank card for those who cannot open a traditional bank account.
The 2013 tax season marks the eleventh year for CRT’s VITA program. Last year, CRT completed tax returns for more than 2,042 area households at locations in Hartford, Manchester, East Hartford and Middletown. VITA aims to help working families obtain tax refunds and credits and to educate the community about refunds and opportunities to grow their assets. CRT will offer VITA services at most sites from now until April 15, 2013.
Appointment times at the Middletown location is below:
44 Hamlin St. (CRT):
Mondays 1-4 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m.-noon; Fridays 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22 only; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Feb. 2, Mar. 9, Apr. 13 only.
Contact Michele Ryon, (860) 347-4465.
Anyone interested in volunteering or inquiring about the program are free to contact Andrea Hardy at 560-4210 or at HardyA@crtct.org.