Free tax service to qualifying individuals

(01-21-2013)

For the fourth year, Adams State University School of Business, Trinidad State Junior College Valley Campus, and The Piton Foundation are providing free tax service to qualifying individuals starting January 26. If your family's income is under $50,000, IRS-certified students at Adams State can save you hundreds of dollars you'd pay to file, and make sure you get all the tax credits you're due.

This year sites include Adams State campus, TSJC Valley Campus, and the Alamosa Senior Center.

Adams State's free tax site is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday and 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and every Monday from January 26 through April 13, in the School of Business Building lobby, Third St. and Richardson Ave. This site will be closed March 9 through March 17 for spring break and Saturday's hours will change to 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and starting March 23 and Monday's hours will change to 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. starting March 18.

The TSJC Valley Campus room 216, located at 1011 Main St., is open from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday from January 30 through March 13; and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and March 16.

The Alamosa Senior Center, 92 Colorado Ave., will offer free tax services from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesdays, February 6 through March 27, call 719-589-3277 to schedule an appointment.

If you make less than about $49,000 and have children at home, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit can reduce the income tax you pay and may even mean you get a bigger refund—as much as $5,000 or more! Plus, there are tax credits available for saving for retirement, paying for college, and buying a first home.

Make sure to bring the following documents with you to the tax site:

  • 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.
For more details and the locations of all free tax sites in Colorado, dial 2-1-1, a free call, or visit The Piton Foundation. Cell phone users can call the Adams State School of Business at 719-587-7316 or 955-0742. 589-3277