Despite Omicron, FRCC Students Provide Free In-Person Tax Preparation Help


Services will be offered both in person and remotely this year.

IRS-certified students, alumni and community volunteers will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than approximately $57,000 a year.

This service is designed to help hard-working families become more financially secure—in many cases saving them around $6,700 on their taxes for 2021.

Tax preparation in Colorado can cost as much as $200. 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—but you must file your taxes to claim these.

Tax preparers are trained to ensure the families they serve get the best refund possible. If a family earned $57,000 or less last year, it’s likely they qualify for the EITC—which can put up to $6,728 back in their pocket for paying bills, taking care of their children or paying down debt.

In-Person Tax Help

FRCC’s Westminster campus tax help site will be open for in-person tax help this year. Community members can access this tax assistance starting in early February. This option will be available through April 12.

When: Saturdays (except March 19 and March 26)

February 5 – April 12

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Where: FRCC-Westminster Campus

3645 112th Avenue

Westminster, CO 80031

Use entrance 8 on the north side of the building.

(From 112th Avenue, take Lowell Avenue into the FRCC parking lot.

Then drive around to the back of the building to park and enter).

Make an appointment: https://go.oncehub.com/FRCC

*Face coverings are required on campus due to COVID-19.

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What you’ll need at your appointment:

  • Security cards/ITIN letters for every family member on your tax return
  • Photo ID
  • W-2 forms, 1099s and all other tax-related documents for 2021
  • A copy of your 2020 tax return, if available

You may also need additional documents/information, if you:

  • Are self-employed/contractor—1099-Misc, 1099-K and record of all income
  • and expenses
  • Have education expenses—account statement and1098-T
  • Have childcare expenses—total paid to childcare provider, name, address, phone number and Tax ID Number
  • Have made any charitable donations—related documents and information
  • Purchased insurance through the health care marketplace—Form 1095-A
  • Are using direct deposit for your refund—checking and savings account numbers and bank routing number
  • Have a Letter 6417 (if applicable)

Please note: For joint returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

As part of the Tax Help Colorado program, these free tax preparation services are provided through a partnership between Front Range Community College and Mile High United Way.

Remote Options

For anyone who prefers not to come to FRCC in person, Mile High United Way also provides multiple remote tax filing options to households that qualify:

  • Certified tax specialists can help you file and collect all tax credits you are owed.

OR

  • A quick online option lets you to file and collect tax credits on your own.

OR

  • This quick online option lets you collect any federal stimulus payments and the Child Tax Credit on your own.

“We’re proud to be saving people money on tax preparation services, and helping them get the best refund possible so they can make ends meet,” said Kevin McFarlane, accounting faculty at FRCC’s Westminster campus. “The program also helps students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.”

Find more free tax sites by visiting:

www.211colorado.org/tax-assistance/

or by calling 2-1-1.

Please note: FRCC’s ability to safely hold in-person scheduled sessions will depend on the evolving conditions of COVID-19 transmission in our community. We will follow guidance and requirements of local and state government and public health officials. Organizers we will do everything they can to serve as many clients as possible, but please understand that scheduled in-person appointments could be suspended or cancelled with little notice if conditions require.

For any questions, please email kevin.mcfarlane@frontrange.edu.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 138,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.

About Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way was the very first United Way in the world. Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on critical human services issues facing our seven-county footprint including the Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield communities. Through community programs and initiatives, MHUW support families and focuses on three interconnected community priorities:

  • Giving all children a strong start.
  • Supporting education and academic success.
  • Creating economic opportunity for all.