IRS-certified students help make tax time pay

Taxpayers with household income less than $49,000 are eligible to have their returns prepared and e-filed free of charge beginning Jan. 28 with help from specially trained Community College of Aurora students.
About 45 IRS-certified volunteers at CCA are providing these services as part of the Piton Foundation’s Tax Help Colorado Program.
The initiative runs through March 10 and is available Saturdays (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Tuesdays (1-7 p.m.) and Fridays (noon-5 pm.) at the school’s Lowry Campus, located at 710 Alton Way, West Quad, Room 115.
 CCA in 2008 was the first in the state to offer the free tax-preparation service, aimed at helping lower- and moderate-income working families in Colorado.
 In the four years since, 2,972 taxpayers have benefited from the work of 104 volunteers to keep more than $6.33 million in refunds.
Interested parties are encouraged to bring the following documents to the tax-preparation site:
All W-2s, 1099s and any other income-related documents;
Proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare payments, charitable contributions and all other tax-deductible expenses;
A 1098T for college expenses, along with records of expenses paid for tuition, books, fees and supplies;
Social Security cards (or ITINs) for all family members;
Photo identification;
A copy of your 2010 tax return, if available;
Bank account and routing information to allow for direct deposit of refunds within 7-10 days.
 The Tax Help Colorado program has expanded to 25 sites in 15 cities around the state since its ’08 inception. A full list of statewide locations can be found by visiting, dialing 211 or following TaxHelpColorado on Facebook.


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