CCA hosting Tax Help Colorado beginning Jan. 30

This tax season, Community College of Aurora is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to help hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning January 30 and running every Friday through April 3 (closed March 27), IRS-certified students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $52,000 a year.

Tax Help Colorado has a presence on 18 college campuses and operates 29 free tax sites statewide. More than 30% of Colorado families are eligible to participate in the program, which was created to help alleviate the financial burden of tax preparation on families that are striving to achieve financial stability.

Many of the families that qualify for free tax help are also eligible for valuable tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, and the preparers at CCA’s site specialize in ensuring that taxpayers receive the refunds they deserve. One of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty tools, the EITC helps struggling families make ends meet.

In 2014, Tax Help Colorado helped nearly 10,400 taxpayers receive more than $20.5 million in tax refunds, including nearly 7.8 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, the program saved lower-income taxpayers nearly $2 million in commercial tax preparation fees.

This free service, which is quick and confidential, will be offered at CCA from  1 -8 p.m. at the West Quad, 710 Alton Way, on Lowry Campus on Tax Help Fridays from Jan. 30-April 3 (closed March 27).

People who are getting their taxes prepared at CCA should bring the following documents:

  • All W-2, 1099s and other income-related documents.
  • Proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare payments, college education expenses, charitable contributions, and all other tax-deductible expenses.
  • For college expenses: In addition to Form 1098T from your college, you must bring your own records of expenses paid for tuition, books, fees and supplies.
  • Social Security cards (or ITINs) for all family members. Photo I.D. for taxpayer required.
  • A copy of last year’s tax returns, if available.
  • Form 1095-A if you or any member of your household got tax credits to pay for health insurance.
  • Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit the refund. With direct deposit, refunds are received in 10 to 14 days.

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 dialing 2-1-1 (it’s a free call), visiting http://www.piton.org/tax-help-colorado, or finding Tax Help Colorado on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/taxhelpcolorado) and Twitter (@TaxHelpCo).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Local media is invited to visit this free tax site during tax season, and interviews can be arranged with student tax preparers and tax site clients. To schedule a visit, please contact CCA Media/Public Relations.

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