Voluntary Income Tax Assistance

VITA provides free Basic tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. CAANH is one of several sites in the Greater New Haven area. As part of the VITA Program, CAANH partners with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

CAANH has trained volunteers to help you prepare and file your basic federal and state tax returns, at no cost to you. Tax forms are completed with guidance and support provided by certified staff. Then your tax return will be filed electronically from CAANH at no cost to you! Refunds are generally received within two weeks when filed online.

Staff and volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS each tax season. Our VITA volunteers help individuals and families with incomes under $60,000. Income must be from public benefits, wages, alimony, or child support. Individuals and families with investment property are not eligible.

The IRS encourages people to carefully review their tax situation to make sure they don’t overlook important tax credits they may be eligible for, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Our simplified tax return preparation process is for residents who have a straightforward tax situation and would typically file a 1040 EZ (no homeowners, business owners, etc.). Taxpayers that do not require the complexity of the entire 1040 tax form are encouraged to make an Appointment.

Limited Intake Appointments are available for individuals with limited computer access.

Cool Stats!

In prior years, CAANH prepared and filed over 250 tax returns!

  • 43% of clients were eligible for the Earned Income Credit totaling $215,782
  • 8% of clients were eligible for the Child Tax Credit totaling $27,492
  • 6% of clients were eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit totaling $49,704
  • 7% of clients were eligible for the Education Tax Credit totaling $14,486
  • 1% of clients were eligible for the Premium Tax Credit totaling $1,537
  • Total Refund Amount: $512,633
  • Total Credit Amount: $309,001

Make an Intake Appointment or Volunteer

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Fill out the form below if you would like to volunteer OR to make a VITA intake appointment.