Tax Preparation Help for Seniors

Senior citizens may be eligible to receive FREE tax preparation services, offered at various locations throughout the suburbs of Chicago. Federal and Illinois state tax return services, prepared by IRS trained and certified volunteers, are available to qualified senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and families. See programs below for information.

Internal Revenue Service

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60  years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

For eligibility requirements and more information about TCE and VITA programs, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) VITA/TCE Hotline at 1-800-906-9887, or visit www.irs.gov.         

American Association of Retired Persons

Tax-Aide Foundation Program (AARP) is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older. For eligibility and more information contact AARP at 1-888-AARP-NOW, or visit the Tax-Aide Site Locator at www.aarp.org website.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties, sponsored by Triton College in River Grove, is offering the IRS’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program. This program is free to qualified individuals age 60 and older, from low-to-moderate income households. For eligibility and more information on this program, contact the RSVP Office at Triton College at (708) 456-0300 ext. 3895.

Center for Economic Progress

Center for Economic Progress (CEP) serves individuals earning up to $30,000 per year and families earning up to $55,000 per year. For eligibility requirements and more information, contact Center for Economic Progress at (312) 252-0280, or visit www.economicprogress.org.

Center for Economic Progress program sites operate on a first come, first served basis, and sites will close when capacity is reached. These sites will also stop taking new clients 1 hour before their official closing time, so please arrive early.

Ladder Up

Ladder Up, Tax Assistance Program (TAP) serves individuals earning up to $30,000 per year and families earning up to $55,000 per year. For eligibility requirements and more information, contact Ladder Up at (312) 409-1555, or visit www.goladderup.org.

Ladder Up program sites operate on a first come, first served basis, and sites will close when capacity is reached. These sites will also stop taking new clients 1 hour before their official closing time, so please arrive early.

Tax Scams

Learn about recent tax scams and consumer alerts IRS tax scams.

What to Bring

Be sure to read the IRS What to Bring website page to make sure you have all the documents and information necessary to complete your tax return.

NORTH _________________________________________

Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AARP)
500 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 392-0100

Wheeling Township Hall (AARP)
1616 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 259-7730

Alcott Senior Center (AARP)
530 Bernard Dr
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 850-2100

Des Plaines Public Library (AARP)
1501 Ellinwood Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 827-5551 

Frisbie Senior Center (AARP)
52 E Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 768-5944

Evanston Public Library (CEP)
1703 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
No Appointments
Tuesdays 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursdays 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
January 21 – April 18 

Levy Senior Center (AARP)
300 Dodge Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 448-8250

Schaumburg Township Senior Center (AARP)
1 Illinois Blvd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 884-0030 

Glenview State Bank (AARP)
800 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 832-0896 

Morton Grove Civic Center (AARP)
6140 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 470-5223

Mount Prospect Senior Center (AARP)
50 S Emerson St
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 870-5680

Niles Senior Center (AARP)
999 Civic Center Dr
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 588-8440 

North Shore Senior Center (AARP)
161 Northfield Rd
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 784-6000 

Palatine Township Senior Center (AARP)
505 S Quentin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 991-1112 

Park Ridge Centennial Activity Center (AARP)
100 S. Western Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 692-3597 

Prospect Heights Public Library (IRS)
12 N Elm St
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
(847) 259-3500 

Village of Skokie (AARP)
5127 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 673-0500

Willow Creek Community Church Care Center (IRS)
67 E Algonquin Rd
South Barrington, IL 60010
(224) 512-1344

Poplar Creek Public Library (IRS)
1405 S Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107
(630) 483-4910

SOUTH _________________________________________

Calumet City Library (AARP)
660 Manistee Ave
Calumet City, IL 60409
(708) 862-6220 

Thornton Township Senior Center (AARP)
1420 Huntington Dr
Calumet City, IL 60409
(708) 862-4378 

Bloom Township Center (AARP)
425 Halsted St
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 754-9400
No Appointments
Mondays 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Wednesdays 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
January 21 – April 18 

South Suburban MB Church (IRS)
15201 S Lexington
Harvey, IL 60426
No Appointments
Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm
January 30 – April 9

Marie Irwin Community Center (AARP)
18120 Highland Ave
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 957-7275 

Lansing Church of Christ (IRS)
17277 Wentworth Ave
Lansing, IL 60438
No Appointments
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Lansing Youth Center (AARP)
18123 Burnham Ave
Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 418-8050 

Lemont Township Office (AARP)
1115 Warner Rd
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-2522

Palos Township Office (AARP)
10802 S. Roberts Rd
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 598-4418 

Rich Township Family Center (AARP)
22013 Governors Hwy
Richton Park, IL 60471
(708) 748-5454

Robbins Community Center
13800 S. Trumbull Ave
Robbins, IL 60472
(708) 897-9797
Self-Prep Taxes ONLY

Bettenhausen Recreation Center (AARP)
8125 171st St
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 342-4209

WEST _________________________________________

Bridgeview Public Library (AARP)
7840 w 79TH St
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(708) 458-2880 

Brookfield Public Library (AARP)
3609 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 485-6917 

Unity Junior High School (TAP)
2100 S Laramie Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
No Appointments
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm
January 28 – April 15

DeVry Education Group (TAP)
3005 Highland Pkwy
Downers Grove, IL 60515
No Appointments
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm
January 28 – April 15 

Elmwood Park Senior Center
(TCE)
11 Conti Pkwy
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(708) 456-0300, Ext 3895 

Evergreen Park Senior Center (AARP)
3450 W 97th St
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 422-8776 

Franklin Park Public Library (AARP)
10311 Grand Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131
(847) 455-6016 

Forest Park Community Center (AARP)
7640 Jackson Blvd
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-7737 

Carl Fiorito Senior Center (TCE )
2601 N Manheim Rd
Franklin Park, IL 60131
(708) 456-0300, Ext 3895 

Proviso Township (TCE)
4565 W Harrison St
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 456-0300 Ext 3895

Aging Care Connections (AARP)
111 W Harris Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-1323 

LaGrange Public Library (AARP)
555 N LaGrange Rd
LaGrange, IL 60526
(708) 352-0100 

Rock of Ages Baptist Church (IRS)
1309 Madison St
Maywood, IL 60153
No Appointments
Saturdays: 10:00am – 1:00pm
February 11 – April 8

City of Maywood (CEP)
Multipurpose Building
200 S. Fifth Ave
Maywood, IL 60153
Online Appointments
Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm
February 18 & March 18

Casa Esperanza (TAP)
1116 N 22rd Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160
No Appointments
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm
January 28 – April 15 

Melrose Park Public Library (TCE)
801 N Broadway Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160
(708) 456-0300, Ext 3895 

Norridge Senior Assistance Center (TCE)
7774 W Irving Park Rd
Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 456-0300, Ext 3895 

North Riverside Public Library (AARP)
2400 S Des Planes Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-0869 

Triton College (TCE)
Robert M. Collins Center
2000 Fifth Ave
River Grove, IL 60171
(708) 456-0300, Ext 3895

Riverside Public Library (AARP)
1 Burling Rd
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6366

Summit Public Library District (AARP)
6233 S Archer Ave
Summit, IL 60501
(708) 458-1545

posted 01/23/17