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Free tax preparation help offered at Front Range's Brighton campus

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Front Range Community College’s Brighton campus will be offering free tax preparation services to residents making less than $50,000. Starting Jan. 26, residents will be able to bring in their taxes to the college, located in the Brighton Learning Resource Center at 1850 Egbert St., from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through March 2.

Brighton Center Director Dori Benavides said this is the first time the Brighton Center will be able to offer this service to residents, who are welcome on a walk-in basis. She said approximately 15 volunteers have undergone about 72 hours of training to be able to provide this service.

Benavides said she expects there to be a “pretty good need” for this service and expects to draw from residents from around Adams County.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to serve the community,” she said. “Front Range is all about providing community partnerships and servicing the community, so any way we can do that to help out, we’re excited.”

Residents will need to bring:
— All W-2s, 1099s and any other income-related documents
— Proof of all tax deductable expenses such as mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare payments, charitable contributions, etc.
— College expenses, including form 1098T and records of expenses paid for tuition, books, fees and supplies
— Social Security cards, or (ITINs) for all family members, along with your photo ID
— A copy of last year’s tax return, if available
— Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit your refund.

According to Benavides, last spring student volunteers from seven Colorado Community College system colleges were part of an effort to return $11.2 million to the bank accounts of Coloradans, through the Tax Help Colorado program which pairs taxpayers with aspiring tax professionals. Tax Help Colorado is a Piton Foundation sponsored initiative that relies on community colleges to provide free income-tax return preparation to low and moderate income working families.

Tax preparation services are also offered nearby at the Adams City High School library, located at 7200 Quebec Parkway in Commerce City, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 26 through March 2 and in room 111 of Aims Community College, located at 260 College Avenue in Fort Lupton, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 9, 16 and 23.

For more details, to learn about tax credits for working families and locations for all free tax sites in Colorado, dial 211 or visit the Piton Foundation’s website at www.piton.org.