Calculating and filing income taxes can be a daunting task for anyone. For some Americans April 15th it’s quite possibly the most dreaded day on the calendar. Professional tax preparation services can sometimes be out a reach for low income families. The agencies and services listed on this page provide a life line or anyone needing assistance in filing their income tax returns.
Department of Revenue Services
State Income Tax Assistance: Free assistance in completing Connecticut returns is available from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) by telephone or in person at any of our field offices.
If you come to our offices for help in preparing your Connecticut income tax return you must arrive by 4 p.m. and you must bring all required documents, for more information please visit our website.
- Hartford (Main) Office – 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103
- Bridgeport Office – 10 Middle Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
- Norwich Office – 401 West Thames Street, Building #700, Norwich, CT 06360
- Waterbury Office – 55 West Main Street, Suite 100, Waterbury, CT 06702
Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA): This tool provides answers to a number of tax law questions. It can determine if a type of income is taxable, if you’re eligible to claim certain credits, and if you can deduct expenses on your tax return. It also provides answers for general questions, such as determining your filing status, if you can claim dependents, if you have to file a tax return, etc.
Location: Online Resource
You can also call 1-800-829-1040 for filing assistance and information toll free.
AARP: Federal and State Tax Assistance: AARP’s Tax-Aide Program, a partnership between the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, provides free tax counseling and preparation services to middle-and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to people age 60 and older. Many sites will e-file your federal and Connecticut returns at no cost to you.
Click HERE to search for a location near you.
Career Resources: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program: Free, high-quality tax preparation assistance and filing, and connection to financial literacy services and all eligible tax credits. VITA is open to all families earning $54,000 or less annually. Services are available by appointment.
Check their website for locations that offer this program.
Community Accounting Aid and Services, Inc. (CAAS) is a not-for-profit agency providing free tax advice, accounting and financial counseling to economically disadvantaged businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organizations in Connecticut. CAAS is supported by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).
Assistance is available to (1) individuals with household income of $25,000 or less, (2) married couples with combined household income of $30,000 or less, (3) families of three with a household income of $35,000 or less, (4) families of four or more with a household income of $40,000 or less, and (5) not-for-profit organizations with annual revenue less than $100,000 – and presently not using the services of an accountant.
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Military OneSource: MilTax from Military OneSource and the Department of Defense. MilTax free tax services include tax prep and e-filing software and personalized support that address the realities of military life – deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals, multistate filings, living OCONUS and more.
MilTax consultants are specially trained to help with unique tax situations specific to service members and their families. Reach out 24/7 to schedule a consultation. You can also get in-person support at a Volunteer Income Tax Support Assistance, VITA, office location.
Location: Online Resource
UCONN Law School Tax Clinic: The Tax Clinic is a pro bono (free) legal clinic that gives free legal help to low income taxpayers with tax problems–either with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS).
Diana Leyden, the director and an associate clinical professor, and law students will work on your case. The Tax Clinic also works with attorneys in Connecticut who volunteer to help low income taxpayers pro bono.
NOTE: UCONN tax clinic is only able to assist individual taxpayers with Connecticut income tax problems. They are unable to assist with any other Connecticut business or individual tax. Phone: (860) 570-5165
Location: Hartford, CT