United Way offering tax preparation help

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 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 $54,000 then you are eligible to have your taxes done at this local VITA site for free. Appointments are required, so call (860) 356-2000 today and make sure to request to come to the Bristol site!

Over the course of the last six tax seasons, United Way has been able to bring over $1.9 million in state and federal refunds back to individuals in our community through this program! It has also saved clients more than $290,000 in tax preparation fees alone. Last year, 354 returns were filed and over $449,799 in refunds were returned to our local community.

Another goal of this program is to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC is a financial boost for working people in a recovering economy. And for the fourth time, there is also a State of Connecticut EITC.

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

$47,747 ($53,267 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children;

$44,454 ($49,974 married filing jointly) with two or more qualifying children;

$39131 ($44,651 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child;

$14,820 ($20,330 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.

Appointments are required for this site, so call (860) 356-2000 as soon as you receive all of your tax forms for 2015.

UWWCC logo - the best