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MAYOR BRONIN ENCOURAGES CITY RESIDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE

(March 15, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin urged city residents to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation services to individuals and families earning up to $54,000 per year. There are 10 VITA sites in Hartford where 300 IRS-certified volunteers help eligible clients prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms. 

“Millions in refunds are left unclaimed each year,” Mayor Bronin said. “With April deadlines around the corner, now is the time for citizens and families to take advantage of this valuable resource. I urge eligible residents to call 2-1-1 and set up an appointment with a certified VITA volunteer before April 15th.”

Approximately 58,000 taxpayers have filed returns at Hartford VITA sites since 2005. Last year, nearly 8,000 taxpayers were assisted in Hartford, resulting in $18.6 million in state and federal refunds for local individuals and families. Overall, tax filings have increased by more than 600 percent at Hartford sites since 2005.

Residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 and press “3” to make an appointment at one of the tax centers. Filers with incomes up to $62,000 may prepare and file their own taxes for free online at: www.myfreetaxes.com. Online assistance is available. 

The VITA centers are made possible through a partnership between The Village for Families & Children and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and are supported by the City of Hartford.

Centers are open through April 18.

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