Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

cep logoTuesdays & Thursdays, February 5-April 11, 5:30-8 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Free tax preparation assistance for households earning up to $55,000 and Individuals earning up to $30,000 annually will be provided by the Center for Economic Progress. TAX PREPARATION IS OFFERED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
Sites will stop taking new clients at least one hour before closing or possibly earlier than that during busier sessions. It is recommend that you come early!

If you are filing a joint return with your spouse, both spouses must be present to finalize the return.
This service is for full-year Illinois residents – they cannot prepare non-Illinois returns.


-Original Social Security card/ITIN letter for everyone on your return
-A valid form of photo identification
-All 2018 tax documents (W-2s, 1099s, etc.)
-Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit
-Proof of health insurance coverage (Form 1095-A, 1095-B, 1095-C, Medicare card) or Certificate of Exemption
-Last year’s tax return, if available

If applicable:
-Form SSA-1099 if you receive Social Security benefits
-Copy of property tax bill paid in 2018
-If you have college expenses: Form 1098-T, student account transcripts, and other records related to amounts paid for college
-If you drive for Uber/Lyft: Form 1099-K and/or Form 1099-MISC, records of miles driven (which is available on your online profile)
-If you are self-employed: Income and expense records

Who is not eligible for tax services?
(partial list) Those taxpayers with:
• Income from rental property
• Form 1099-A (Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property)
• Form 1099-C (Cancellation of Debt) for discharged debt other than credit card (Box 4)
• Taxpayers wishing to claim the Home Office Deduction
• Taxpayers whose business produces a loss
• There are other situations that are out of scope—CEP will examine your situation after you arrive at the site


For help applying for or renewing an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), please e-mail or call (312) 409 –1555 to schedule an appointment.


Clients who need to file amendments (Form 1040X) or prior-year returns should visit a tax site in March. Priority will be given to current-year returns in February and April.


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