Students, faculty, and instructor volunteers at Front Range Community College-Westminster Campus assisted low- and moderate-income taxpayers in filing tax returns to claim more than $1.4 million in refunds to the taxpayers in 2015.
FRCC partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation in Tax Help Colorado. At the Westminster Campus’s free tax site, IRS-certified students filed 735 returns, helping local taxpayers claim $1,412,993 in refunds.
Many of the taxpayers who visited the Westminster Campus Tax Help Colorado site were eligible for tax benefits for working families with children, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). One of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty tools, the EITC promotes employment while providing valuable refunds to minimum-wage earners who oftentimes struggle to make ends meet for their families. Tax Help Colorado volunteers at the Westminster Campus helped working families claim $498,646 in EITC refunds.
The taxpayers claimed a total of $1,260,749 in federal refunds, which includes the EITC, and $152,244 in state refunds.
FRCC also had a Tax Help Colorado site at its Brighton Center, assisting 244 taxpayers in claiming more than $500,000 in refunds.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.
About The Piton Foundation
The Piton Foundation, which is part of Gary Community Investments, is a private, operating foundation established in 1976 by Denver oilman Sam Gary. We are committed to improving the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and their families by increasing access to quality early childhood and youth development opportunities and fostering healthy family and community environments.