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Students Helped Taxpayers Recover $4.4 Million in Refunds through Tax Help Colorado

Tax return assistance

Front Range Community College students and students from six high schools volunteering for Tax Help Colorado assisted taxpayers to seek more than $4.4 million in federal and state returns for the 2016 tax year.

In addition, many of the taxpayers were eligible for tax benefits for working families with children, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The filers claimed almost $750,000 under this tax credit.

FRCC joined with the Piton Foundation of Denver to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through Tax Help Colorado.

Internal Revenue Service certification is earned through a two-credit college class. The IRS-certified students assisted taxpayers at Tax Help Colorado sites at FRCC-Brighton Center and the Westminster and Larimer campuses. Students at Global Leadership Academy, Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range, Northglenn, and Thornton high schools also assisted taxpayers. The high school students earned IRS certification by taking the college class through College Now.


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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.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.

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. It is 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. In addition to investing in creative solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families, Piton operates its own programs, including the Data Initiative, Tax Help Colorado, and the nation’s largest and longest-running Earned Income Tax Credit public information campaign.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.