Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is operating its free income tax preparation and filing sites beginning January 28, 2019. Phone lines are now open to take appointments at all sites.
This will be the 10th year that Goodwill offers this service in conjunction with the IRS and the United Way of the Rock River Valley. Goodwill’s tax sites offer free tax preparation and filing to individuals and families with income less than $54,000. Goodwill’s IRS certified volunteer tax preparers will also assist community members in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible.
“We are excited to be celebrating our 10th year providing free tax preparation services,” states Jason Haller, Financial Programs Manager. “In order to make it 10 years, we have to say thank you to the many community volunteers and local partners who help make this service possible.”
Goodwill’s free tax sites will be hosted at the following locations:
1. Rockford Goodwill Mission Services Center – 850 N. Church Street, Rockford, IL
o Monday thru Saturday – 9am to 5pm
2. Rock Valley College – Woodward Technology Center – 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL
o Thursdays – 3pm to 8pm
3. Northern Illinois University – Holmes Student Center – 600 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb, IL
o Tuesdays – 2pm to 7pm
4. Beloit Public Library – 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, WI
o Fridays – 10am to 3:30pm (call for information)
For more information or to schedule an appointment online, go to http://www.goodwillni.org/good-taxes or call (815) 987-6200.
Prairie State Legal Services will be at the Rockford Goodwill location throughout the tax season. For specific dates, call (815) 987-6200.
Goodwill is also offering Federal and State tax filing online through the My Free Taxes Program. For those who earn less than $66,000 and would like to complete their own taxes online, free of charge, they can go to https://www.myfreetaxes.com/.
Last year, Goodwill’s tax sites served 3,203 individuals which saved participants over $560,000 in tax preparation fees.
About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 13,582 people in the communities in which we reside. A three year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for its employment programs in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 550 people. Visit their website at www.goodwillni.org.