Free tax return help for low- and moderate-income filers will be available this tax season at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Fort Collins, and Brighton.
The free tax service is available to families earning less than $54,000. It will save filers hundreds of dollars they might otherwise pay to commercial tax preparers. In addition to a possible tax refund, filers may be eligible for the federal and/or state Earned Income Tax Credit.
FRCC Accounting instructors, 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, which is under the umbrella of Gary Community Investments.
The service is available on a walk-in basis. It will be offered Saturdays at FRCC:
- FRCC-Westminster, 3645 W. 112th Ave.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4-April 15. Use Entrance 7 on the northeast side of the building and go to Room B1701, which is one floor down from ground level. The service is not offered March 25 or April 1 when the campus is on spring break. There will be drop-off service and facilitated self-assisted filing at this site.
- FRCC-Larimer, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4-April 8 in Blanca Peak Building. The service is not offered March 18 or 25 when the campus is on spring break.
- FRCC-Brighton Center, 1850 E. Egbert St.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4-March 11.
In addition, high school students in FRCC’s College Now program who have completed FRCC’s Accounting 132 class to become IRS-certified will have sessions:
- Mapleton Schools’ Global Leadership Academy, 7480 N. Broadway, Denver: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 1-March 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
- Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ Thornton High School, 9351 Washington St., Thornton, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 24-March 9. Closed Feb. 14.
Thrive Church, 2820 W. 92nd Ave., Federal Heights, will have sessions from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17.
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) Forms W-2, W-2-G, and 1099-R from all employers
- Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
- Proof of health insurance (Form 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C)
- Proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, day-care payments (with provider’s Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number), 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
- If eligible for the Colorado Rent-Heat Rebate, 2016 rent receipts and heating bills
- 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.
Last year, the volunteer tax preparers at FRCC assisted almost 1,000 taxpayers, who received refunds totaling about $2 million.
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.