Free Tax Preparation, Financial Aid Application Assistance Available for Students

Throughout February, Foundation Communities will provide free tax and federal financial aid application preparation at two Austin Community College campuses, for ACC students and all Central Texas residents. The services will be provided by trained and IRS-certified volunteers from the Community Tax Centers at Foundation Communities.

Anyone who is eligible to file their tax return at the Community Tax Centers should bring a photo ID, documentation of any income earned (i.e. W2 forms or 1099 documents received), and a Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer ID Number. Free tax preparation is available for anyone making up to $50,000 per year.

ACC staff will be on hand to assist with FAFSA filing. A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used by students to apply for federal financial aid in the form of grants, work-study programs, and loans. In order to file a FAFSA, a student must have already filed their tax returns for this year. To find out more about federal student aid and what you need to bring, visit the Foundation Communities website.

Services will be available from 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout February. For the first two weeks of the month, the service will be available at a Mobile Go Center in the parking lot of ACC’s Northridge Campus (11928 Stonehollow Dr.). During the last two weeks, the service will be provided through a Mobile Go Center on ACC’s Riverside Campus (1020 Grove Blvd.).

For more information on availability and locations, visit the Foundation Communities website.

The Community Tax Centers, a program of Foundation Communities, have been ensuring that Austin residents claim the deductions and credits they deserve since 2005. We provide free tax prep services at seven locations in the Austin area to tens of thousands of families with the help of IRS-certified volunteers. In 2012, the Community Tax Centers filed 17,000 returns, saving each taxpayer hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees, and recovering more than $27 million in refunds to the local economy.

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