Working families may qualify for free tax prep through Middlesex United Way

MIDDLETOWN — There are a lot of working families out there who don’t file their taxes because they don’t think they’ll get anything back. Don’t let yourself miss out.

Depending on your income, you may qualify for tax credits that help working families, especially if you have children. And it’s worth a little bit of time to check. If your household income is under $55,000, you can get free tax help at a Middletown Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — or VITA — site.

Last year, the two VITA sites in Middletown helped 542 Middlesex County-area residents file their taxes. Those who qualified for refunds received an average of over $1,000 back. In total, Middletown VITA sites brought more than $839,300 in refunds back to local families — money that not only helps families, but also boosts our local economy.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an official IRS program, and all tax preparers are certified. VITA tax preparers are trained to ensure you receive all refunds and credits that you have earned, like the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Your return will be filed electronically, and if you have a bank account, you can choose direct deposit to have your refund in about seven to 14 days.

Appointments are required. To make one, dial 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org beginning Jan. 7. This free information and referral hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have two sites in downtown Middletown, and they are coordinated by the Middlesex VITA Coalition, a partnership of Middlesex United Way and the North End Action Team. The Middlesex VITA Coalition receives support from the Connecticut Association of Human Services.

Appointments are being offered weekday evenings and limited weekend sessions between Jan. 28 and April 10 at Middlesex United Way and NEAT.

Our vision at Middlesex United Way is for families in Middlesex County to be financially stable, and that’s why we’re involved in programs — like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — to help families improve their economic situation. Within our financial stability work, we’re also focused on job and literacy training and providing access to basic needs.

To learn more about our focus on financial stability, visit middlesexunitedway.org/income.

 

Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of the Middlesex United Way in Middletown.