This tax season, Lamar Community College is once again partnering with Denver-based Piton Foundation to help hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation services through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning February 1, 2019, IRS-certified LCC students will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $55,000 a year.
On average, tax preparation in Colorado can cost $200--tax-filing services at Tax Help Colorado sites are completely free-of-charge. In addition to getting their taxes done for free, taxpayers may be eligible for valuable, refundable tax credits like 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 students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.
"Tax Help has become a tradition at LCC, and we are happy so many members of the community are able to take advantage of this cost-free service," said Dr. Annessa Stagner Stulp, Dean of Academics at LCC.
This service will be offered at LCC on Fridays and Saturdays, February 1-2 and 8-9, in the Betz Technology Center, Room 103. Qualifying community members can drop off their tax information each day from 8:00am to 4:00pm, at which time they can also schedule a time to pick up the completed tax return.
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 GetAheadColorado.org.