Illinois offering free tax help to low-income families, seniors

By Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network

With Tax Day just around the corner, the state of Illinois is offering some taxpayers a bit of help. 

The Illinois Department of Revenue, which handles taxes in the state, is offering low-income families and seniors citizens help with filing their taxes this year. The Internal Revenue Service and the AARP are helping in the effort, said Terry Hortsman, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Revenue.

“Volunteers are certified by the IRS,” he said. “They are ready to assist any individuals needing assistance in filing their tax returns accurately and on time.”

There will be more 300 offices across the state where people can go to get help. 

“The Internal Revenue Service and AARP Tax-Aide programs are providing free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals,” Horstman said. 

Those who make less than $55,000 a year, don’t speak English as a first language and those older than 60 are likely to qualify, Horstman said.

Information is available on the state’s website