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Aims Community College and Tax Help Colorado to prepare tax returns for free for those earning less than $54,000

GREELEY, CO – January 17, 2018 – Aims Community College will partner with The Piton Foundation’s Tax Help Colorado program by offering free tax preparation for those who earned less than $54,000 last year. Drop in at the Greeley campus, 5401 W. 20th Street, Westview building, on Saturdays from February 3 – April 14 (closed March 10 and 17) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be offered on the Fort Lupton campus, 260 College Avenue, Platte Building, on Fridays, February 9 – March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aims has participated in the Tax Help Colorado program since 2008, when 20 accounting students first worked diligently to assist 390 taxpayers in the Greeley area claim over $500,000 in federal and state refunds. Last year, Aims assisted 1,080 taxpayers and helped claim $2 million in federal and state refunds.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of the Tax Help Colorado program for our tenth consecutive year,” said Aims President and CEO Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “This program provides our students the opportunity to gain real world experience while also helping our community members.”

Aims students who help with the program take a two-credit course that covers basic law and tax preparation in the Fall semester. Students then take an IRS VITA Certification Exam once they’ve completed the course, which certifies them to prepare tax returns for low to middle-income taxpayers.

“The Tax Help Colorado program is very rewarding and we’re excited to get started,” said Accounting Instructor Gina Jones. “Our student volunteers are IRS-certified to review, e-file and complete tax returns for county taxpayers. We look forward to assisting the community again this year.”

For more information visit www.piton.org or call 211.

About the Aims Accounting Program
The Accounting program at Aims teaches students how to prepare financial statements, record business transactions, help plan for business growth and more. Students can earn an associate degree and get started on a career, or go on for a four-year degree at Regis or Franklin University. For more information visit www.aims.edu/academics/accounting.