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OJC Press Release ID: 2477

Monday, March 7, 2016

Final opportunity for free tax help at OJC March 12

In partnership with the Denver-based Piton Foundation, Otero Junior College helps hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program.

IRS-certified OJC students have been preparing and e-filing tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than $53,000 a year. This free service, which is quick and confidential, will be offered at OJC just more date this year March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons located in Wheeler Hall on the OJC campus. 

More than 30% of Colorado families are eligible to participate in the program, which was created to help alleviate the financial burden of tax preparation on families that are striving to achieve financial stability.

Many of the families that qualify for free tax help are also eligible for valuable tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, and the preparers at OJC’s site specialize in ensuring that taxpayers receive the refunds they deserve. One of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty tools, the EITC helps struggling families make ends meet. In addition, for the first time in 15 years, low- to moderate-income workers can now also claim a state EITC, which is 10 % of the federal EITC.

In 2015, Tax Help Colorado helped nearly 10,800 taxpayers receive more than $20.4 million in tax refunds, including nearly 8 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, the program saved lower-income taxpayers nearly $2.8 million in commercial tax preparation fees.

People who are getting their taxes prepared at OJC should bring the following documents:
•    All W-2, 1099s and other income-related documents.
•    Proof of mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare payments, college education expenses, charitable contributions, and all other tax-deductible expenses.
•    For college expenses: In addition to Form 1098T from your college, you must bring your own records of expenses paid for tuition, books, fees and supplies.
•    To report health coverage, you will need one of the following forms: 1095-A, 1095-B, and/or 1095-C.
•    If you received a tax credit to lower the cost of paying health insurance, bring form 1095-A, which you received from Connect for Health Colorado.
•    Social Security cards (or ITINs) for all family members. Photo I.D. for taxpayer required.
•    A copy of last year’s tax returns, if available.
•    Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit the refund. With direct deposit, refunds are received in 10 to 14 days.

For more information about OJC’s site, contact Deb Engler at 719-384-6811. 

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This Saturday will be the last opportunity for free tax help at Otero Junior College through the Piton Foundation’s Tax Help Colorado program. Final assistance will be offered March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons located in Wheeler Hall on the OJC campus.