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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites were forced to shut down in early March leaving low-income taxpayers without their standard way of filing tax returns. Operating in public spaces like libraries, community centers, and colleges, nearly 60 VITA sites were closed statewide.
Eligible filers have been receiving an average of $2500 per year through the poverty-fighting Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. In 2020, many more are eligible to receive $1200 through the stimulus checks being mailed out by the IRS, even if they never filed a tax return! These returns act as critical supports that will pay rent, food, and other basic needs during these desperate times.
In this webinar, you’ll learn about:
-the new virtual VITA sites that are opening the door to these benefits
-what this means for CT and the underserved in our State
-the new, but complicated, CT Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits that applicants may be finding difficult to obtain.
-how you or your organization can help low-income families maximize these benefits before the July 15, 2020 deadline.