Goodwill’s free income tax sites open Jan. 30

Staff Report

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is operating its free income tax preparation and filing sites for the sixth year in a row. The GoodTAXES program will begin Jan. 30 and continue through April 15.

The sites offer free tax assistance to families with income less than $50,000 and individuals with income less than $25,000.

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.

Goodwill is proud to offer this service to the community and help area residents save their refunds, along with hundreds of dollars in preparation fees,” said Courtney Geiger, Goodwill’s director of Mission Services. “This program provides an immediate impact and can produce the largest paycheck of the year for families in need.”

Goodwill’s free tax sites will be hosted at the following locations:

• Rockford Goodwill Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood St., Rockford. Hours: 4-8 p.m., Wednesdays, and 5-8 p.m., Thursdays.

• East High School, 2929 Charles St., Rockford. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays.

• Goodwill Community Resource Room, 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Illinois. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mobile locations will be available throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For a list of Goodwill’s mobile locations, visit www.goodwillni.org/taxes.

Goodwill is also offering free state and federal tax filing online through the My Free Taxes Program. Individuals and families earning $60,000 or less per year can complete their returns online free at www.myfreetaxes.com.

Last year, Goodwill’s tax sites served 2,126 individuals and returned more than $2.1 million to communities. Additionally, the program saved participants more than $375,000 in tax preparation fees. Community members using the site in previous years have raved about the quick, friendly and efficient service and fast refunds, some coming back to them in as little as seven days.

The GoodTAXES sites are supported by United Way of Rock River Valley.

To learn more about Goodwill’s free income tax sites, visit www.goodwillni.org/taxes. To schedule a free confidential appointment at one of the tax locations, call (815) 987-6200.

Posted Jan. 29, 2015

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