Lawmakers urge families to claim earned income tax credit

Tax collector's office in Torrington City Hall.

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s that time of year to get your taxes ready for the IRS. Connecticut lawmakers are urging families to claim their earned income tax credit.

Congressman Jim Himes said, “this is money that could go to buy food or help pay the rent.” AARP and VITA are working together across the state preparing free tax returns for people who qualify.

Senior tax consultant, IRS, Bill Morrow said, “Vita, the program is tailored to the families, households making less than $53,000.00. AARP gears their towards families or households that over 60 years old.”
Last year across the state 60-thousand people took advantage of the program. Morrow says, “I’ve seen people get 9-10 thousand dollar refunds when they’ve had to file multiple tax returns that is prior years.” Experts say file a tax return or you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

Michael Hyman with Vita said, “the average Earned Income Credit on the federal level can go as high as about $5,400.00 dollars for a family that include other child tax credits some people are seeing significant increases in their tax credit by fifty percent.” The IRS says even even low income filers making $25,000.00 or less still could qualify for an earned income credit.

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