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FRCC scores over $1M in tax refunds for community

The community college began its Tax Help Colorado program in 2007.

Front Range Community College students, volunteers and staff donated their time to helping others with their taxes. The program resulted in more than $1.1 million in federal and state tax refunds for residents who make less than $60,000 annually.

The community college began its Tax Help Colorado program in 2007. Each year volunteers from the school provide free tax assistance.

“The service is designed to help hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation assistance,” a news release from FRCC states.

In 2023, 20 students in the accounting program volunteered for the program — twice the number of volunteers from 2022. An additional 11 community volunteers also contributed — many of whom were prior students, the news release states.

“The program also helps students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience and earn college credits,” said accounting faculty Kevin McFarlane.

Tax services in Colorado range in price but the average fee is around $200. Not only does the free service offset those costs, but volunteers are trained to find additional credits for families that can result in up to $6,935 back in their pockets.

This year, volunteers completed 622 tax returns and the average income of the clients was $31,349.

“We love being able to provide this learning opportunity for our students and an important service to our community,” said FRCC President Colleen Simpson, EdD. “Our accounting faculty members put in a lot of hours to give their students this hands-on work experience, and they making sure the volunteers are well trained to help the people in our area who need it most.”