January 20, 2014

Free Tax Return Assistance Offered at FRCC Campus in Fort Collins

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

FRCC accounting students and community volunteers who have completed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training will help prepare and file tax returns for taxpayers who are eligible. Eligibility is based on income – generally speaking, for people earning less than $52,000. The IRS defines senior citizens as people 60 and older.

The IRS sponsors the program, which is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

The service will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 8 to April 12 in Blanca Peak Building Room 112 on a first-come, first-served basis (no appointments). Volunteers won’t be available March 15 or 22 when the Larimer Campus is on spring break.

The campus is located at 4616 S. Shields, Fort Collins. Free parking is available.

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, or an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for foreign nationals and others not qualifying for a Social Security number) issued by the IRS.
  • Birth dates for taxpayer(s), spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Current year’s tax package if you received one
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2 G, 1099-R from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • All other 1099 forms received (Social Security, unemployment benefits, etc)
  • All 1098-T forms for you and any dependents (tuition payment statement)
  • 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)
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Some taxpayers also may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

  • $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

The maximum EITC for 2013:

  • $6,044 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,372 with two qualifying children
  • $3,250 with one qualifying child
  • $487 with no qualifying children

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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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