**DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

**DSS Field Offices and our telephone Benefits Center are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) . More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

Getting Your Federal Stimulus Check: Information and Resources—including Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


**NEW! Special Information about Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)**


The Department of Social Services is partnering with the Connecticut Association of Human Services and Social Venture Partners of Westport to give you information about the benefits of Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA. VITA can help you:


· claim your federal stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment);

· claim federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits; and

· get free tax return preparation help (including the Earned Income Tax Credit).


The free service is approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You can access the service from any device. Simply schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer by clicking here. This link will bring you to the website of the Connecticut Association for Human Services.


It is important to know that receiving the Economic Impact Payments will not affect your eligibility for DSS food, cash, or medical benefits.


For more information about VITA, please click here to see an email sent to Department of Social Services customers receiving SNAP and cash assistance. To go to the general VITA site at the Connecticut Association for Human Services, please click here: www.cahs.org/freetaxprep. Thank you.


**Please follow this link to see Governor Lamont’s news release encouraging participation in Statewide VITA Program to combat financial insecurity during COVID-19 Pandemic (6/22/20). 



**Please note:  receiving your Economic Impact Payment will NOT affect your eligibility for Medicaid/HUSKY Health, SNAP or other DSS programs.