The Tax Counseling Project (TCP), a program of the Center for Economic Progress of Chicago, will offer free tax preparation for low-income families at the Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave., in Rockford. To qualify, individuals must have incomes of $15,000 or less, and families (married, married with children, unmarried with children) must have incomes of $36,000 or less.
Trained volunteers walk patrons through the tax filing process and electronically file their tax forms. Through the First Accounts program and partnerships with local banks, such as: AMCORE, Alpine, and National City, the TCP assists people in setting up savings and checking accounts. Tax refunds are granted into these accounts.
Last year, the TCP prepared 820 returns in Rockford, a value of $1,171,682. Mary Ruth Herbers, senior director of programs said, This year we hope to up that number (of returns) by 10 percent.
This offer will begin Jan.28 and end April 15. Hours of operation are: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. -2 p.m. This program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more info: www.centerforprogess.org.
From the Jan. 25-31, 2006, issue