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NCC Offers Free Tax Preparation Assistance

VITA program available on campus to those eligible

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 30, 2015 At 11:34 PM

Norwalk Community College is offering a free tax preparation and filing program to low-income families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

"Last night we had six customers," said NCC Professor and VITA Site Coordinator Tony Scott. "Not one of them had been here previously. I look at that as a sing of good things to come."  

In light of Earned Income Tax Credit Day, members of the Greater Bridgeport VITA Coalition joined professors and senior consultant with the IRS in East Campus Atrium on Friday to discuss the NCC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or NCC VITA, which offers free tax assistance to taxpayers earning $53,000 or less. The event was coordinated by the Connecticut Association for Human Services. Currently NCC and the Family and Children's Agency are the only two VITA sites in Norwalk. 

"We really do want to celebrate the EITC because it makes such a huge difference," said Connecticut Association for Human Services Director Jim Horan. "Nationally it is the single largest program that lifts children and families out of poverty. It is credited last year of raising 6.5 million people out of poverty, more than half of them children." 

"There's still an estimated 1 in 5 people that are eligible for the credit, do not claim it," said Ron Peruzzi, Sr. Tax Consultant from the Internal Revenue Services. "Part of this event is trying to get the word out about Earned Income Tax Credit." 

VITA is an IRS program that offers families a free and easy way to access refunds and tax credits and just within Norwalk it has prepared over 335 tax returns last year, benefitting taxpayers an estimated $150,000 in federal Earned Income Tax Credit and returning over $500,000 in state and federal tax refunds to local families.  

"For the most recently completed tax year, there were 5,404 people who claimed Earned Income Tax Credit in the city of Norwalk. Combined, they received $11,276,944," said Peruzzi. "Figuring in last year was a 25 percent state EITC, we're looking at approximately $4 million coming back to the city of Norwalk."  

NCC VITA is open to prepare tax returns for those eligible on Saturdays from now through April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in West Campus Room W138 and on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings now until April 14th from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UBS Student Success Center. 

To locate a VITA site call 211 or visit the www.irs.gov or 

www.ct.gove/drs/eitc

 


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