This month marks Community College of Denver’s (CCD) and the Piton Foundation’s 10-year anniversary of providing free tax help for the Denver community through the Tax Help Colorado partnership.
With this partnership, CCD students provide free tax preparation and in turn receive college credit and gain professional skills that will help them in their future careers.
Tax Help Colorado free tax sites are operated by community college and high school students who take a class in the fall to become IRS-certified. Since its inception, the tax site operated at Community College of Denver has helped families file 4,345 returns and claim more than $9.2 million in refunds.
Tax preparers are trained to ensure the individuals they serve get the best refund possible, as many of them are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit. The program also helps CCD students develop financial acumen, increased empathy for their community and greater interest in civic engagement.
“It’s rare to have the opportunity to be part of a program with such a direct positive impact on our community,” said Brian Gilsdorf, assistant professor of accounting for CCD. “We’re proud of our partnership with The Piton Foundation and that we are able to save our community money on commercial tax preparation services and help them get the best refund possible so they can make ends meet.”
Saturday, March 10 will be the final day of CCD’s 2018 tax season. Free tax help services will be offered for those households making less than $54,000 annually from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in CCD’s Cherry Creek Building, located at 1111 West Colfax Avenue in room 202.