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Tax Benefits: Preparation Help

Where can I get help in completing my tax forms?

There are two organizations that provide free tax preparation in Illinois:

  • The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) provides free, high-quality tax preparation at multiple sites across Illinois for families making less than $50,000 a year and individuals making less than $25,000 a year. CEP may be able to help you with one-on-one financial education and counseling about sound money practices and help you understand the college financial aid application process. Find a CEP tax site near you, online.
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program can help you prepare your tax returns for free if you make $53,000 or less per year and need assistance completing your taxes. Many VITA sites offer free electronic filing, and all volunteers let you know about credits and deductions you may be able to claim. To find the nearest VITA site, visit

More Information and Resources

You can find more information on additional tax credits from the IRS online, or call the IRS toll free at 1-800-829-1040.

Many services related to taxes are available by phone. To order tax forms and instructions, call 1-800-TAX-FORMS (1-800-829-3676); you should receive them within 10 days. You can get face-to-face help in solving tax problems by calling your local Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). To find a local TAC, go online, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service.

You can also call the Illinois Department of Revenue toll-free at 1-800-732-8866.

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