Free Tax-Return Help at FRCC Sites in Fort Collins, Westminster
Free help with income tax returns is available at Front Range Community College sites in Brighton, Fort Collins, and Westminster to families with incomes of less than $52,000.
FRCC accounting students who have been certified by the Internal Revenue Service, as well as other trained volunteers, help prepare the returns.
No matter which FRCC site you go to, remember that the free service is available on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. This is what you 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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
Tax Help Colorado at FRCC-Brighton Center 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 will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays to March 2. Interested tax filers should come to FRCC-Brighton Center, 1850 Egbert St. Numerous IRS-certified FRCC students, accounting instructors, and volunteers will assist people. In addition, students from Adams City High School who successfully completed FRCC’s Accounting 132 class to become IRS-certified also will assist.
VITA at the Larimer Campus in Fort Collins
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.
Tax Help Colorado at the Westminster Campus
Trained FRCC accounting students from the Westminster Campus 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 the study/lounge area on B 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.
Students have completed a college-accredited income tax preparation class and are certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
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.
About Front Range Community College
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.