VITA Tax Program
What is VITA?: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Each year, Burroughs helps hundreds of individuals and families complete their tax returns, saving them hundreds of dollars in preparation fees and returning over a million dollars to our community.
Our Partners: Burroughs partners with the Connecticut Association for Human Services, the IRS and joins with over 100 other sites across the state to provide free tax preparation services to its community members. Our IRS certified volunteers prepare federal and state returns, file them electronically and provide the taxpayers a paper copy of their return.
What you need to know to file your 2021 taxes with the Burroughs VITA program:
NOTE: Due to continued health concerns related to COVID-19, tax preparers will be working remotely again this year in an effort to keep everyone safe. However, in an effort to accommodate those who are not comfortable with fully remote preparation and/or are unable to download forms, Burroughs is providing two options for tax filing:
Option 1 – Scan Documents at Burroughs & Schedule Phone Appointment with Preparer: This service is available for individuals unable to prepare their own taxes electronically and/or prefer to have their taxes completed with a preparer over the phone.
IMPORTANT: -You must have ALL (click the list below to be sure you have everything you need) of your tax documents prior to coming to Burroughs to have your documents scanned. -No appointment is needed to have your documents scanned. Simply come to Burroughs with all your documents Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 7 PM or Friday 9 AM – 4 PM. -You will complete an intake form, documents will be scanned, and then you will be scheduled for a phone call appointment with a tax preparer. -Following the call with the tax preparer, individuals will need to return to Burroughs to sign and pick up your return.
Option 2 – Self Prepare & File Taxes On-line: Individuals with access to the internet may prepare and file their taxes on-line for free at www.myfreetaxes.com
Please call (203) 334-0293 if you require additional information
Each tax return is prepared by an IRS certified volunteer. They are neighbors committed to helping their community and working closely and carefully with every client. Each share their gift of time and talent and are an inspiration with how individuals can make a big difference building community succeed. Volunteers are always welcome and are needed to:
- Prepare tax returns
- Provide language interpretation
- Offer tax planning and financial literacy support