United Way offers tax return assistance

Want to know how you can get your taxes done for free… with no hidden fees or strings attached? United Way of West Central Connecticut will again be hosting a free tax preparation site for individuals residing in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth and Terryville throughout the tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides low-income workers and families with free tax preparation and filing. The goal is to bring unclaimed tax credits to these individuals, and thus to the community!

All volunteers at this VITA site are IRS-certified and ready to help you prepare your tax return and get you all the money due to you! If your household income is less than $51,000 then you are eligible to have your taxes done at this local VITA site for free. Appointments are required, so call (860) 612-3983 today and make sure to request to come to the Bristol site!

Over the course of the last four tax seasons, United Way has been able to bring over $1,113,921 in state and federal refunds back to individuals in our community through this program. It has also saved clients over $133,000 in tax preparation fees alone. Plus, 100% of clients at last year’s site said they were satisfied with the services they received (based on the results of an exit survey).

Another goal of this program is to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is one of the largest antipoverty programs. EITC is a financial boost for working people in a recovering economy. And for the second time, there is also a State of Connecticut EITC. Last year, over 211,000 working families in Connecticut benefited from this credit.

To qualify for the federal and state EITC, earned income and adjusted gross income must be less than:

$46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children;

$43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two or more qualifying children;

$37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child;

$14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

The United Way of West Central Connecticut, serving the communities of Bristol, Burlington,

Plainville and Plymouth, is working to create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing

on education, income and health. Under the building block of Income, this initiative strives to help families become financially stable and independent.

Again, appointments are required for this site, so please call (860) 612-3983 as soon as you receive all of your tax forms for 2013.