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Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Get free help filing your taxes with CRT and trained volunteers

With the arrival of tax season, and with changes to the federal tax code, we don’t want anyone to stress out about doing their taxes this year!

Trained volunteers help taxpayers prepare and file basic tax returns. Tax forms are completed with guidance and support provided by certified staff. Then tax returns are filed electronically from CRT at no cost to you! Refunds are generally received within 2 weeks when filed online.

In 2017, the refunds and tax preparation savings equaled more than $3 million, helping 947 tax filers. The average refund received over the past 15 years has been more than $3,000 per filer. 

Over the past 16 years, CRT has helped more than 26,000 people with VITA services, and – based on our calculations – the total return on investment for individuals served (in both tax refunds and tax preparation savings) is equal to: $79,471,031.00!

Free tax preparation is available now through April 15 at two locations in Hartford. Staff and volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS each tax season. CRT helps individuals and families with incomes under $52,000. Income must be from public benefits, wages, alimony or child support. Individuals and families with investment property are not eligible.

To Apply
No application is needed. Just call to make an appointment. Days and hours vary. Please bring the following paper work to your meeting:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security card
  • Last year’s tax return
  • Proof of Health Insurance coverage for 2018
  • For direct deposit, a check or savings account number with routing number from the check
  • If filing jointly, both you and your spouse need to be present to sign the form
  • Paperwork showing property tax payments (home and auto)
  • General income paperwork: W-2, W-2G, 1099–INT, SSA-1099R, 1099–DIV, 1099-G
  • If a homeowner, alimony received, 1099-MISC, 1099-B, and 1099-R

Call now to make an appointment to complete your taxes at one of our offices in Hartford:

For more information
VITA Free Tax Preparation Center
Address: 330 Market Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 560-4210
[email protected]
Office Hours: Tue and Thu 9 am - 5 pm

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CRT helps people understand and manage their finances 

CRT workshops and programs in CT teach people to manage their money, and help them protect their homes. Financial literacy classes help people take control of their money. Workshops cover budgeting, credit repair, debt management and more. Home buyer classes and housing counseling are available. A matched savings program helps individuals save for a new home, a new business, a car or an education.

Staff also work one-on-one with participants. They counsel people on debt, money management and credit rebuilding. Help is available for people at clear risk of losing their home or apartment. Volunteers offer free tax preparation and filing.

Select the program(s) that best fits your need.



Understanding Your Money / Financial Literacy

Interested in learning how to better manage your money?

CRT offers workshops and credit counseling to help people manage money, improve credit and build savings. Youth and adults are invited to sign up for workshops to better understand money management.

CRT workshops will help you understand and improve your budgeting and money management skills. A personal plan of action will be developed to help achieve your goals.

Financial Literacy Institute: This 14-week intensive course provides an in-depth and engaging way to educate yourself and your family about tough topics in your financial world. During our Financial Literacy Institute, participants explore many aspects of financial fitness, including budgeting and savings; establishing and/or rebuilding credit; investment planning, dealing with the financial stress of underemployment and unemployment, protecting yourself and your assets through insurance, and so much more.  
We are accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Financial Literacy Institute until July 31, 2019!
Classes begin on September 10, 2019 and will be held every Tuesday, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 330 Market Street (Basement floor), Hartford, CT. 
The Institute graduation ceremony will take place on December 10, 2019. Friends and family are welcome to attend!
To get started, please complete this application form and follow the instructions provided. Return the completed form before July 31, 2019.
First–time Homebuyer Education – 8 hours course. The HUD-certified course will walk participants through topics including: the advantages and costs of homeownership, steps throughout the home-buying process, credit scores and reports, money management before and after buying a home, protecting your investment, and more. Registration is required.  For more information call (860) 560-4210. Please leave a message with name, phone number and email.
Financial Fitness Class – 3 hours course, once per month. Topics covered in the class include: financial goal setting, savings and spending, maximizing income, understanding credit, managing debt, and protecting yourself financially. Individual Financial Fitness classes are offered on an individual basis. To arrange an appointment, please call (860) 560-4210.
To Apply

Adults and youth from Hartford and Middlesex counties are invited to sign-up. Most sessions are held in Hartford.

For more information
Money Management
Address: 330 Market Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 560-4210
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm

Community Renewal Team (CRT) is an approved Adopter of the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education Counseling.

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Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep at night

CRT helps homeless men, women and children find safe housing, while our case managers help them move toward successful independence. We have housing programs that focus on different groups – Veterans, families, single adults and seniors. We also help people who may be losing their homes.

Select the program that best describes your need.

Emergency shelter 

A safe place for my family – East Hartford Family Shelter

Shelter for men – McKinney Men’s Shelter and East Hartford Family Shelter

Low-cost stable housing – Affordable Housing

Stable, low-cost housing with supports -

Help saving my home or apartment – Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention




Free Workshop- Alternatives to Foreclosure



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