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Tax Help Colorado Offers Free Tax Prep Services To Lower Income Families at PPCC
Karen Kovaly, January 22, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Jan 22, 2014 – This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning Jan. 25 IRS-trained PPCC students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than $50,000 a year.
Tax Help Colorado has a presence on 18 college campuses and operates 27 free tax sites statewide. More than 30 percent of Colorado families are eligible to participate in the program, which was created to help alleviate the financial burden of tax preparation on lower-income households.
Many of these families are also eligible for tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and the preparers at PPCC’s site specialize in ensuring that taxpayers receive the refunds they deserve.
In 2013, Tax Help Colorado helped nearly 10,000 taxpayers receive $18.5 million in refunds, including nearly 6.8 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, the program saved lower-income taxpayers nearly $2 million in commercial tax preparation fees.
The service, which is quick and confidential, will be offered each Saturday at PPCC’s Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., from Jan. 25 – March 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Aspen Building, 2nd floor Rotunda. PPCC’s Rampart Range Campus will offer this service on Wed., Feb. 12 and Wed., Mar. 12, 5-8 p.m.
People who are getting their taxes prepared 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.
- Social Security cards for all family members and a photo I.D.
- A copy of last year’s tax returns, if available.
- Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit the refund. With direct deposit, refunds are received in 7 to 10 days.
A list of all the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by dialing 2-1-1 (it’s a free call), visiting www.piton.org/eitc, or finding Tax Help Colorado on Facebook at www.facebook.com/taxhelpcolorado.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.
About The Piton Foundation
The Piton Foundation sponsors Tax Help Colorado as part of its efforts to help move families from poverty and dependence to self-sufficiency. Piton is a private foundation located in Denver, Colorado. It was established in 1976 by Denver oilman Sam Gary.