Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January

Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Opens Late January

Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 18 sites across Chicago.

Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2017 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2018. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.

The closest sites for 45th Ward residents are:

Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett

  • Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm February 2 through April 13(closed March 30); and
  • Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm January 27 through April 14(closed March 31)

Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central

  • Thursdays and Firdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 15 through April 13 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)

Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins

  • Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 12 through April 9 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)

Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.

For more information and to view additional locations, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.