Aims Community College helped 400 with free tax returnsSubmitted on: 05-07-2009
GREELEY -- As part of the Tax Help Colorado program, nearly 400 people came to Aims Community College seeking assistance in filing their tax returns during a five-week period in January and February. The effort totaled $664,205 in refunds. This was the first year Aims took part in the Tax Help Colorado program, which offers free tax return preparation and filing for anyone who makes less than $43,000 annually. The program is funded through a grant from the Piton Foundation, the Denver-based community investment division of Gary-Williams Energy. Accounting students from Aims, who earned their Internal Revenue Service certification to provide income tax preparation services as part of their degree program, donated their time. Six Aims students volunteered more than 40 hours to the Tax Help Colorado program and received special recognition from Gov. Bill Ritter. These students are Brad Berglund, Laura Marsh, Juli Mendoza, Kathy Reynolds, Susan Schreiber and Megan Wheatcraft. "This was such an outstanding success for our students and our community," said Aims Accounting Instructor Gina Jones. "Tax Help Colorado gives our students valuable real-world application and our community a truly valuable service. We hope to provide even more tax help next year." Tax Help Colorado began in 2007 and is modeled after a very successful program in New Mexico, which helps nearly 30,000 taxpayers each year through 40 free tax sites across New Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.piton.org/TaxHelpColorado.
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