Services will be offered remotely to ensure the safety of all involved.

Westminster, Colo.—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 $56,000 a year. Not surprisingly, things will look a little different this year due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

FRCC’s Westminster campus tax help site will not be open for in-person tax help this year. But we will offer a new, safe option to access tax assistance starting in February 2021. This option will be available through April 10.

Virtual/Remote Tax Preparation With an Expert

The remote method will enable you to have your taxes prepared safely—completely from home.

  • Complete the questionnaire on GetYourRefund.org
  • Take pictures of your ID and tax documents
  • Upload them to a secure site
  • Get matched with an IRS-certified tax preparer who will call you to conduct a brief interview
  • Receive a call back in a week to complete the process and file your return remotely

What you’ll need:

  • A computer or smartphone
  • Access to WiFi or data
  • Photo ID
  • Security cards/ITIN letters for everyone on your return

For more information, visit TaxHelpCO.org or call 303-454-3761.

Can’t Do Online?

For those who are unable to use the above option, Tax Help Colorado volunteers plan to offer a very limited number of in-person appointments for service intake. Appointments are required to keep taxpayers and volunteers safe during COVID-19.

Appointments are available 9am-3pm on Saturdays only from Feb. 6 through April 10.

Schedule an Appointment:

  • Visit us online to schedule your appointment at FRCC’s Westminster Campus: go.oncehub.com/FRCC

—OR—

  • Call 303-454-3761 for help scheduling your appointment.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to take walk-ins under any circumstances,” said organizer Kevin McFarlane, accounting faculty member at FRCC. “We recognize that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and it introduces some new hurdles for us—but we are working to maintain our commitment to serving the tax needs of the community.”

What to bring to your appointment:

  • Security cards/ITIN letters for everyone on your return
  • Photo ID
  • All 2020 tax documents
  • A mask
  • Your spouse (if filing jointly)

Please note: FRCC’s ability to safely hold in-person scheduled sessions will depend on the evolving conditions of COVID-19. We will follow guidance and requirements of local and state government and public health officials. Organizers we will do everything they can to serve as many clients as possible, but please understand that scheduled in-person appointments could be suspended or cancelled with little notice if conditions require.

Why Get Help?

This service is designed to help hard-working families become more financially secure. As part of the Tax Help Colorado program, these free tax preparation services are provided through a partnership between Front Range Community College and Denver-based Piton Foundation.

Tax preparation in Colorado can cost as much as $200. 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 $56,000 or less last year, it’s likely they qualify for the EITC—which can put up to $6,500 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.”

Despite having to close the site early in 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, FRCC’s IRS-certified volunteers prepared taxes for 512 local taxpayers who received approximately $1 million in federal and state refunds.

For any questions, please email kevin.mcfarlane@frontrange.edu.

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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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