Free tax return help for low- and moderate-income filers will be available this tax season at Front Range Community College in Westminster and Fort Collins.
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 and/or a federal child 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 – first come, first served. The service will be offered at FRCC:
- FRCC-Westminster, 3645 W. 112th: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 3-March 24. Use Entrance 7 on the northeast side of the building and go to Room B1501, which is one floor down from ground level. There will be drop-off service and facilitated self-assisted filing at this site. Spanish assistance available
- FRCC-Larimer, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 2-April 6 in Blanca Peak Building room 125. The service is not offered March 16.
- 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 at Global Leadership Academy and Thornton High Schools. Contact the schools for details about hours of operation.
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)
- 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, 2017 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 taxpayers who received refunds totaling about $4.4 million, plus $750,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits.
For more information about the free tax sites, dial 2-1-1. For information about Tax Help Colorado, go to www.piton.org/taxhelpcolorado.
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