Fairfield Public Library offers free tax preparation assistance

The Fairfield Public Library will offer free full service tax preparation assistance through VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. This service is made available in special consideration of seniors and low to moderate income households, but is available to local residents of all ages and incomes. Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will be offered on Tuesdays each week Jan. 30 through April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Rotary Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. People are seen on a first come, first served basis — there are no appointments. If married, both husband and wife should be present.

Taxpayers must be sure to bring a government issued photo identification form such as a license or passport; Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents; and all 2017 income report forms received.  Income report forms include: SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits; W-2(s) from your employer(s); W-2G from gambling winnings; 1099G from unemployment compensation payments; and 1099s, for bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, broker statements and miscellaneous income.

Other important documents to bring include receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid; verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.); receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g. charitable contributions) and Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from the Access Health Connecticut Marketplace or private plan identification). It is also helpful to bring a copy of last year’s Federal and State income tax returns.

Through the VITA program in Connecticut, 52,000 federal returns where processed last year. More than 600 of these returns were prepared and filed at the Fairfield Public Library, almost all electronically. Refunds totaling approximately $800,000 were received by Fairfield clients, a quarter of which were from tax credits for education and earned income.

Federal and Connecticut income tax forms will be available by the Information Desks at the Main and Fairfield Woods Branch Libraries throughout tax season.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. For more information visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

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