This tax season, Otero Junior College has been one of 13 Colorado colleges with sites to help prepare tax returns for free for lower-income families in Colorado. The program, known as Tax Help Colorado, provides families with annual household income less than $50,000 with free tax assistance. Tax Help Colorado is a partnership between The Piton Foundation and Colorado’s colleges.
During the month of February, Otero Junior College had four days of free tax assistance. One more date is scheduled for Saturday March 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in McBride Hall, rooms 113 and 122.
Tax Help Colorado sites specialize in understanding the tax credits lower-income taxpayers are eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
People using the service are asked to 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.
• Social Security Cards for all family members.
• A copy of last year’s tax return, if available.
• Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit your refund. With direct deposits, refunds are received in 7–10 days.
The Otero Junior College free tax site will be open for its last date this year on Saturday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in McBride Hall, rooms 113 and 122.
For more information contact Deb Engler at 719-384-6811.
A list of all the Tax Help Colorado locations, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 in Colorado (a free call) or going to www.piton.org