Goodwill Industries opens free income tax sites

Staff Report

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois will be opening its GoodTAXES program, a free income tax preparation and filing program, sites on Friday which will continue through April 18. This marks the seventh year in a row Goodwill Industries has offered this service to the community. These sites offer free tax assistance to families with income less than $50,000 and inviduals with income less than $25,000. IRS certified volunteers will also assist in claiming special credits and deductions people may be eligible for.

“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,” states 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”.

The GoodTAXES program sites will be hosted at the following locations: Rockford Goodwill Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood St., on Tuesdays from 12-8 p.m., Wednesdays 4-8 p.m., and Thursdays 5-8 p.m.; East High School cafeteria, 2929 Charles St., Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Rock Valley College Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Mondays 4-8 p.m.; and Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center, 600 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb, Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mobile locations will also be available throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For a list of mobile locations and free financial resources visit goodwillni.org/taxes.

Goodwill will also be offering a free tax drop off service at the Mission Services Center and East High School sites in Rockford as a new addition this year. Taxpayers can drop off tax documents at one of the two listed sites and pick up their completed return one week later.

Goodwill is also offering free state and federal tax filing online through United Way’s My Free Taxes Program. Individuals and families earning $62,000 or less in 2015 can complete their returns online for free at unitedway.org/myfreetaxes.

To schedule a free appointment at one of the tax locations call 815-987-6200 or go to goodwillni.org/taxes.

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