Tax Help Colorado
About the Program
A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals who earn less than about $54,000 a year, helping to ease the burden of commercial tax preparation costs on low-wage earners. The program was launched in 2007 to help link even more Colorado families to valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
The program utilizes community college and high school students who take an accredited course on income tax preparation then operate free tax sites on their campuses for college credit. Learn more about the Tax Help Colorado program on college and high school campuses.
During the 2016 tax season, Tax Help Colorado provided free tax assistance to over 9,300 individuals, helping them claim nearly $18 million in tax refunds, including nearly $6.8 million from the EITC. In addition, the program saved families more than $2.5 million in commercial tax preparation fees. Learn more about how Tax Help Colorado positively impacts the lives of families by reading client stories from the 2015 tax season.
During the 2016 tax season, hundreds of IRS-certified students at 17 colleges and 6 high schools operated 27 free tax sites across the state. Download our flier to view a full list of our free tax site locations and operating schedules. If you are interested in learning how your school can get involved in Tax Help Colorado, please contact Courtney Sabine.
Become a volunteer tax preparer
Although Tax Help Colorado traditionally uses student tax preparers at its free tax sites, we appreciate the support of community members who are interested in volunteering their time at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. If you are interested in participating, contact Courtney Sabine. If you reside in the metro Denver region, you also have the opportunity to attend one of Denver Asset Building Coalition’s volunteer training sessions.