Tax season is here and many people may not be aware about how to qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit.
EITC is one of the nation's largest anti-poverty programs, annually lifting over six million people out of poverty each year; half of those impacted are children.
EITC can be a boost to you, your family and community.
Anyone with earnings under $51,567 should see if they qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc, or visit a volunteer tax assistance site.
This credit in combination with other can increase refunds to working families allowing them to reduce debt, save for the future or invest in a home or education.
Free volunteer tax help is available to those who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
IRS-certified volunteers are part of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, a nationwide initiative, offering families a free and easy way to access refunds and tax credits.
VITA provides free electronic filing for federal and state tax returns.
Taxes are prepared by volunteer tax preparers who ensure that each taxpayer receives the tax credits and deductions they are qualified to claim.
For more information about earning this tax credit, filing taxes and claiming refunds, such as federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) contact one of the following local sites for a free appointment with a VITA volunteer:
Derby: TEAM, Inc. 30, Elizabeth St., by appointment only on Monday afternoon, Wednesday night and Saturday morning and Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., by appointment only on Sunday afternoon, call: 203-736 5420 x 206 now through April 14.
Milford: Milford Senior Citizen Center, 9 Jepson Drive, by appointment only on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, call 203-736-5420 x 206 now through April 14.
Shelton: Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St.: walk-in program on Tuesdays (1-4 p.m.), Wednesday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) from Feb. 4-April 14.
For all walk-in programs, bring prior year’s tax return and all supporting documents for the 2013 tax year.
This is a press release from TEAM Inc., a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community.
TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour and Woodbridge.
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