Colorado Springs, Colo. - July 24, 2014 - Mayor Steve Bach presented Pikes Peak Community College Accounting students with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award on July 15 in recognition for their service in running a free tax help location for low-income residents of Colorado Springs. 

Rob Hudson, BPS Associate Dean, and Damien Mercer, Accounting student, accepted the award on PPCC's behalf in a ceremony held at the City Administration building in downtown Colorado Springs.

Spirit of the Springs Celebration Awards are given to citizens whose volunteer activity or achievement brings honor and pride to the City of Colorado Springs. These awards are also given to those who have been recognized at the state, national or international level.

The thirty-one students who were recognized this year spent 1,550 hours preparing 703 tax returns this spring at no charge, helping local taxpayers claim more $1,500,000. In addition, they helped working families with children claim $579,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit refunds.

This is the third year PPCC has been running the free tax site through the Tax Help Colorado program sponsored by the Piton Foundation.This program offers PPCC students real world experience in tax preparation while earning college credit at the same time. 

PPCC’s Accounting program offers a semester-long Certificate in Bookkeeping Applications, a one-year Accounting Certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting, which transfers to several private universities in the region.  PPCC students can also earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration and transfer to a four-year public institution to major in Accounting. 

For more information about PPCC’s Accounting program, contact Melissa Allen, Department Chair at Melissa.Allen@ppcc.edu