Pikes Peak State College Students Provide Free Tax Preparation for Families

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press release | Jan. 23, 2019

This free service will be offered at PPSC's Centennial Campus, 2nd floor Rotunda every Saturday from February 2 through March 23, 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Appointments only. Call 719-502-4TAX (4829) or email TaxHelpCO@pikespeak.edu. Clients should bring their social security cards or ITINs, photo ID, and tax documents. 

A list of all the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting GetAheadColorado.org

Last year, 23 PPSC accounting students and community volunteers spent more than 1,065 hours helping 400 taxpayers file their tax returns. This saved an average of approximately $250 per taxpayer that might have been spent on tax preparation costs to a paid preparer.

"In addition to cost savings, our students’ and volunteers’ knowledge of the Earned Income Credit and other relevant tax laws allowed our clients to receive over $1 million in federal and state refunds, having an estimated total economic impact to the region of $1.1 million. We have the Piton Foundation to thank for providing excellent training materials for their success." Said Melissa Allen, PPSC accounting and finance department chair.

In total, Tax Help Colorado volunteers prepared taxes for nearly 7,650 taxpayers who received more than $12.65 million in refunds; and saved taxpayers $1.5 million in tax preparation fees. 

About  PPSC
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPSC offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields, and a Bachelor of Applied Science. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPSC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to about 19,000 students annually.

About The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments
The Piton Foundation, which is part of Gary Community Investments, is a private foundation established in 1976 by Denver oilman Sam Gary. It is committed to improving the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and their families by increasing access to quality early childhood and youth development opportunities and fostering healthy family and community environments. In addition to investing in creative solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families, Piton operates its programs, including the Shift Research Lab, Tax Help Colorado, and the nation’s largest and longest-running Earned Income Tax Credit Public Information Campaign—Get Ahead Colorado.