Need extra help with your taxes?
Many community groups, nonprofit organizations, and volunteer programs offer income tax filing assistance at low or no cost for individuals and families. The list below provides information about some of the services available in Colorado. Community tax help programs are listed in alphabetical order.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone free of charge with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low-to-moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability.
Visit the Tax-Aide website for more information.
Denver Asset Building Coalition (DABC)
The DABC operates free financial and tax preparation sites in the City and County of Denver, from the last week of January through October every year. In addition to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax preparation, DABC has recently started a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic that provides tax legal services.
There are the income guidelines for the two programs DABC operates:
VITA (Tax Preparation)
- $35,000 for Single and Married Filing Separately
- $56,000 for Head of Household and Married Filing Jointly
LITC (Tax Legal Services)
- Family Size 1: $30,350
- Family Size 2: $41,150
- Family Size 3: $51,950
- Family Size 4: $62,750
- Family Size 5: $73,550
Get Ahead Colorado
Get Ahead Colorado is a program of The Piton Foundation that provides resources to families in Colorado who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), free tax preparation, and other resources that help families.
Tax Help Colorado
The Piton Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Community College System, launched Tax Help Colorado at the Community College of Aurora in 2007. Now, over a decade later, Tax Help Colorado continues to innovate and grow to better meet the needs of families and offer additional resources. In the past few years, Tax Help Colorado expanded to include alternative models like Drop Off and Do It Yourself (with help) and opened sites in spaces frequented by working families, like child care centers and housing authorities.
Learn more about Tax Help Colorado by visiting TaxHelpCO.org.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. VITA services are not only free, they are also a reliable and trusted source for preparing tax returns. All VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information. In addition to requiring volunteers to certify their knowledge of the tax laws, the IRS requires a quality review check for every return prepared at a VITA/TCE site prior to filing.
For more information, visit the VITA web page on the IRS website.