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Free Tax Preparation Assistance From the City

Chicago's 2017 free tax preparation assistance kicks off this month at 19 locations city-wide. This program helps Chicagoans get millions of dollars in income tax refunds. 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 19 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist them with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of the sites. This year, eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, not including other valuable credits. But many eligible Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

For more information about how to access the free tax assistance program, Chicagoans can: Call the City's 311 helpline, visit the City's tax assistance website at taxprepchicago.org, visit the Center for Economic Progress website at economicprogress.org or call 312-252-0280, visit the Ladder Up website at goladderup.org or call 312-409-4719
Visit the IRS website at irs.gov and type "free tax help" in the search box or call 800-829-1040