MIDDLETOWN — For many years, the Middlesex Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has helped people in the Greater Middletown community file income taxes. In 2021, the Middlesex VITA Coalition will be offering virtual tax preparation, but will also have some in-person opportunities for volunteers.
VITA is a national program that helps bring millions of hard-earned dollars back to working people in our state. Through this program, volunteers offer free income tax assistance to low- to moderate-income households. All individuals and families making under $57,000 may participate. Returns are filed for free, and they receive all of the credits for which they are eligible.
In a single year, Middlesex VITA sites helped 657 Middlesex County area residents file their taxes, returning $967,300 in tax refunds back to the Middletown area. Those who qualified for refunds had an average income of just over $20,000. Of those served, there were over 100 dependents, mostly children, affected by this program.
There are volunteer roles for all levels, and training will be provided in December and January. New volunteers will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the process and answer questions. The tax season runs from mid-January to mid-April. While the schedule is flexible, all volunteers should plan to work about four hours per week.
VITA is a free program offered through the IRS. Local VITA sites are coordinated by the Middlesex VITA Coalition, a partnership of the Middlesex United Way, Russell Library, and the North End Action Team. The Middlesex VITA Coalition receives support from the Connecticut Association of Human Services.
To volunteer or learn more, contact Jim at 860-342-4092 or middletown.VITA@gmail.com.
Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of the Middlesex United Way in Middletown.