Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Four Ways to File 2021 Taxes for Free
In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services, the Woodbridge Senior Center offers free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For over 50 years the VITA program has offered free tax help to people with low to moderate income, senior citizens, and people with disabilities and limited English. Volunteer preparers are annually trained and certified to IRS standards. This year Woodbridge VITA offers even more ways for you to accurately and painlessly file your tax return and check taxes off your to-do list. Pick the option that suits you. Begin the process once you have all your tax documents together, no earlier than early February. Taxes are due April 18 this year.
- Do It Yourself (DIY) – For the 12th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, accessible through com, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. MyFreeTaxes® is an easy way to file federal and state tax returns for free on a mobile phone, tablet or computer. The majority of taxpayers are able to complete the process of filing federal and state taxes in one hour. Features include:
- Helpline answered by a real person trained by the IRS;
- Schedule C filing for small business and gig work;
- Beginning-to-end interview screens available in Spanish as well as English; and
- No cost. No costly add-ons. Just free.
- Full Virtual – Never leave the comfort of your home and have a trusted IRS-certified Woodbridge VITA preparer complete your taxes remotely. Designed for the pandemic and now here to stay, GetYourRefund® offers a secure national platform through which taxpayers can communicate by email, text and phone with their tax preparer from initial interview through e-filing. Taxpayers can file taxes for 2021, file back taxes (2018-2020), and even amend previous returns. Taxpayers are directed to upload documents using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. If you have a camera phone and an email address, you can begin the process at org/WBSC-CT. Turnaround time is typically less than one week.
- Valet – Available by appointment only, this hybrid option offers drive-in scanning of tax documents followed by phone-based conversations with a Woodbridge VITA preparer and reviewer. If you have no way to capture images of your tax documents, but would like to have your taxes prepared virtually by the Woodbridge VITA site preparers. A second drive-through appointment may be required to sign your tax return. Phone Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 to begin the process. Most clients will have taxes filed within two weeks of initial phone call.
- In Person (depending on positivity rates in CT) – Available by appointment Tuesday mornings only (February 8 – April 12), taxpayers meet in person with a Woodbridge VITA preparer and reviewer and have their taxes completed in person in approximately one hour. There are a limited number of appointments available. Clients must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a face mask throughout the appointment time. Unvaccinated clients may be served through any of the other options above. Phone Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 to request an appointment.
If Woodbridge VITA offerings are not a good fit for you this year, dial 211 to learn about other VITA sites in the area.
Energy Assistance Program
Human Services will accept appointments for residents to apply for the 2021-2022 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, Inc. Income eligibility requirements must be met. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Judi Young at 203-389-3429.
In the event of a weather emergency or power outage, elderly residents and those with disabilities areencouraged to register for the Emergency Call List by calling the Human Services Department.
COVID-19 Home Test Kits Distributed
Cars lined up at The Woodbridge Center for residents to pick up COVID-19 home test kits recently. The kits were distributed to those residents who may have had exposure to COVID-19, who were symptomatic, or for those who are in frequent contact with someone who is vulnerable. Many thanks to the Police Department for traffic coordination and assistance to the Human Services staff with the distribution. Thank you to Cathy and Tim Austin for their volunteer assistance as well. Test kits were also set aside for Woodbridge’s most vulnerable residents. Those kits were distributed by a smaller drive thru event and by home delivery. Future distributions will be announced through the CT Alert system, the Town’s website, e-newsletter, and social media. If you have questions about the test kits, you may call the Human Services Department.