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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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Updated April 2019  


Ruth Flemming
IDA participant
I put money away to grow my business, and CRT’s IDA program matched my savings with $2 for every $1 I banked! You’re going to see my healthy soups in area grocery stores, thanks to the investment I’m making in marketing and distribution. This is more than my business, it’s my passion!."

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Volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service