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PPCC accounting students provide free tax prep for working families

Jan. 16, 2018 – Colorado Springs – This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with Denver-based Piton Foundation through the Tax Help Colorado program to help hard-working families become more financially secure. IRS-certified PPCC accounting students will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for people with household incomes of less than $54,000 a year.

This free service will be offered by appointment only every Saturday, Feb. 3-March 24, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at PPCC, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Aspen Building, 2nd Floor Rotunda.

This is the first year the service is provided by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 719-502-4829 or email

In addition to getting their taxes done for free, taxpayers may be eligible for valuable, refundable tax credits such as 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. The program also helps PPCC students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.

Last year, PPCC accounting students helped 606 families file their tax returns.

“Not only is this a great community service provided by our students to help lower-income families save on their taxes, it also provides them with vital experience for entering the job market,” says Melissa Allen, PPCC accounting department chair and site coordinator.

Tax Help Colorado operates 24 free tax sites statewide; last year, they provided free tax assistance to over 8,750 people, helping them claim nearly $14 million in tax refunds, including nearly $5 million from the EITC. In addition, the program saved families more than $2.2 million in commercial tax-preparation fees. Learn more about how Tax Help Colorado positively impacts the lives of families by reading past client stories.

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 calling 2-1-1 or visiting You can also follow Tax Help Colorado on Facebook ( 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 Melissa Allen at 719-502-3187 or

About PPCC
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to over 19,000 students annually.

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.

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Site Coordinators:

Melissa Allen, Accounting Chair

Nate Tassler, Adjunct Instructor