Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

January 8, 2016

The City of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January through mid-April. Federal and Illinois tax return preparation and e-file are offered free of charge by the City’s two partner nonprofits, the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, which annually prepare thousands of returns with the help of trained volunteers.

If you are a family earning up to $50,000 or an individual earning up to $25,000, you may be eligible to take advantage of this free service and find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and/or student financial aid for college! Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing Federal and state income tax returns for the 2015 tax year and, in some cases, for prior years.

In the 39th Ward, income tax preparation will be available at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St Louis, in the College of Business and Management (the building on the southwest corner of Bryn Mawr and St Louis). Assistance will be offered on Saturdays from 9 am to noon between January 30 and April 16. The service will not be offered on March 26. For other locations and hours, visit

Please bring the following items with you:

·        Social Security card or ITIN card/letter for everyone that appears on your return

·        Photo identification

·        All 2015 tax documents (W-2, 1099 forms)

·        Bank account and routing numbers

·        Proof of health insurance coverage (Form 1095-A, 1095-B,

·        1095-C, Medicare card) or Certificate of Exemption

·        Copy of your property tax bill paid in 2015

·        Records of college-related expenses

·        Copy of your 2014 tax return