Tax help available at senior center

Tax season is here and many people may not be aware about how to qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

EITC is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs, annually lifting over 6 million people out of poverty each year; half of those impacted are children.

Anyone with earnings under $51,567 may see if they qualify at irs.gov/eitc, or visit a volunteer tax assistance site. This credit, in combination with others, 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 tax returns. IRS certified volunteers are part of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, a nationwide initiative, offering families a free 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 and Child Tax Credit contact TEAM for a free appointment with a VITA volunteer at the Milford Senior Citizen Center, 9 Jepson Drive. Appointments are Sunday afternoon and Monday evening; call 203-736-5420 x 206 by April 14.

TEAM Inc. is 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.

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