Tax help is available at Shelton’s two libraries

Free tax-filing assistance is available to qualifying individuals at the two libraries in Shelton through a nationwide initiative.

Tax season is here and many people may not be aware that they qualify for Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). This tax refund is available to working families, earning less than $51,000, allowing them to reduce debt, save for the future or invest in a home or education.

Volunteers available to help

The free volunteer tax help is available through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, a nationwide initiative, which offers families a free and easy way to access refunds and tax credits. VITA provides free electronic filing for federal and state tax returns.

Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who will ensure that a taxpayer will get all the tax credits and deductions they are qualified to claim.

Where to go

For information about help filing taxes and claiming refunds, such as the EITC and Child Tax Credit, go to the following locations:

—Plumb Memorial Library, walk-in program, on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—Huntington Branch Library, walk-in program, on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For all walk-in programs, people should bring their prior year’s tax return and all supporting documents for the 2012 tax year.