Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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FREE Tax Preparation is Available in Your Neighborhood if You Qualify.

If your household earned less than $54,000 in the past year you are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program, recruits, trains and certifies volunteers to help their neighbors easily file their taxes for free.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in partnership with Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), works with dedicated volunteers who are trained by the IRS and certified to prepare simple tax returns and screen customers for special tax credits.

Through the VITA program thousands of families gain an understanding of the possible credits they can receive such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, learn about the tax process and become empowered to make financial decisions for the future.

VITA is a safe and simple way for low to moderate income individuals or families, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers to get assistance in preparing their tax returns.

Equally important to the ability of offering this tax assistance is the 11 agencies that serve as VITA sites. Please see the link below to see what organizations have been giving of their time and resources.


Results last year

  • 3, 389 tax returns were completed by VITA volunteers.   

  • $2,072,973 in Earned Income Tax Credits was provided  

  • $5,943,087 in refunds was received by those families

Click HERE to see this year's VITA site locations.
Click HERE to see what to bring to the VITA site.

The VITA program in Coastal Fairfield County is in partnership with the Connecticut Association for Human Services, the IRS, tax prep sites and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

Looking to self-file?

If you made less than $64,000 last year, you can use My Free Taxes. My Free Taxes is a partnership between United Way and H&R Block. The site is free to use for State and Federal tax preperation and filing. Need a little help? The helpline is available Mon. - Sat., along with the ability to chat online and email with a certified tax preparer.


Want to learn more about financial planning?

United Way has a new partnership with SunTrust Bank - My Smart Money.  This program can offer simple, useful tips to help you realize short & long-term financial goals.