Partnership with Tax Help Colorado fills a vital need for families with incomes under $55,000

Westminster, Colo. – Beginning February 2, IRS-certified students, alumni and community volunteers will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than approximately $55,000 a year. The service is designed to help hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation services through a partnership between Front Range Community College and Denver-based Piton Foundation, as part of the Tax Help Colorado program.

Save Money — and Get Your Best Refund

Tax preparation in Colorado can cost an average of $265. In addition to getting their taxes done for free, taxpayers may be eligible for valuable, refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.

Tax preparers are trained to ensure the families they serve get the best refund possible. If a family earned $55,000 or less last year, it’s likely they qualify for the EITC—which can put up to $6,400 back in their pocket for paying bills, taking care of their children, or paying down debt.

“We’re proud to be saving people money on tax preparation services, and helping them get the best refund possible so they can make ends meet, said Kevin McFarlane, accounting faculty at FRCC-Westminster. “The program also helps students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.”

Drop in for Help

Tax return assistance

Where: FRCC-Westminster

3645 112th Avenue

Westminster, CO 80031

When: Every Saturday

February 2 – April 13

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

A list of all the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting GetAheadColorado.org.

In 2018, Tax Help Colorado volunteers prepared taxes for nearly 7,650 taxpayers who received more than $12.65 million in refunds; and saved taxpayers $1.5 million in tax preparation fees.

Taxpayers should bring:

• Proof of identification (such as a driver’s license)

• 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 applicable, proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, childcare payments, charitable contributions and any other tax-deductible expenses

• If eligible for the Colorado Rent-Heat Rebate, last year’s 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.

About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, 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 138,000 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.

About The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments

The Piton Foundation, which is part of Gary Community Investments, is a private 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 Shift Research Lab, Tax Help Colorado, and the nation’s largest and longest-running Earned Income Tax Credit Public Information Campaign—Get Ahead Colorado.

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