January 16, 2014

Free Tax Return Assistance Offered at FRCC Campus in Westminster

Free tax return help for low- and moderate-income filers will be available this tax season at the Front Range Community College campus in Westminster.

The free tax service is available to families earning less than $50,000, saving filers hundreds of dollars they might otherwise pay to commercial tax preparers.

Trained FRCC accounting students and other volunteers will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for eligible individuals and families on behalf of Tax Help Colorado, a partnership with the Denver-based Piton Foundation.

The service is available on a walk-in basis. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 25 to April 12. The service is not offered March 22 or 29 when the campus is on spring break.

Interested tax filers should come to Entrance 7 on the northeast side of the Westminster Campus and go to Room B1701, which is one floor down from ground level. Numerous IRS-certified FRCC students, accounting instructors, and volunteers will assist people. In addition, students at Horizon, Mountain Range, and Adams City high schools who have successfully completed FRCC’s Accounting 132 class to become IRS-certified are volunteering.

Taxpayers should bring:

  • Proof of identification
  • Social Security cards for the taxpayer(s), spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for taxpayer(s), spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2 G, 1099-R from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • Proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare payments, college education expenses, charitable contributions and all other tax-deductible expenses
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for direct deposit
  • Total paid for daycare for each daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number)
  • Records of expenses for college tuition, books, fees, and supplies, in addition to Form 1098T.
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

FRCC is one 18 colleges operating 27 sites this year under the auspices of Tax Help Colorado. Last year, the volunteer tax preparers at dozens of sites in Colorado assisted almost 7,000 taxpayers, who received refunds totaling about $18.5 million, including $6.8 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit. The program saved low-income taxpayers nearly $2 million in commercial tax-preparation fees.

For more information about the free tax sites, dial 2-1-1. For information about Tax Help Colorado, go to www.piton.org/taxhelpcolorado.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 community colleges in Colorado and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.




About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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