Goodwill Partners with Nonprofits to Provide Free Tax Assistance

National Disability Institute, United Way Worldwide and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois offer My Free Taxes Program.


Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is helping families file their taxes online through a partnership with the National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide.

The online site, My Free Taxes Program, is a free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance to qualified individuals with a combined income of $57,000 or less.

Goodwill has processed 115 tax returns in the last three weeks through My Free Taxes, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation. Eligible individuals or families must have a combined income of $57,000 or less.

Over 115 tax returns have been filed on the site in the last three weeks, Goodwill officials said. The software is powered by H&R Block and completely free for both state and federal returns. Individuals can have direct deposit and e-file return.  Refunds have been coming back as fast as seven days.

 Goodwill is also offering free tax sites through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which has filed over 725 returns.

The sites are being held at locations in Machesney Park, DeKalb and Rockford, Illinois. These regions, hit especially hard by unemployment and the economy, need the sites and Goodwill wants to ensure strong sites that would help a large number of individuals in these communities.

There is also a mobile site that will travel to several locations in the Rockford region and throughout Goodwill’s service area.  The Goodwill VITA sites offer free assistance to families with income less than $50,000 and individuals with income less than $25,000.

Volunteers also assist community members in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible.

Anyone interested in Goodwill’s free tax program can call 815-987-6200 to make an appointment.


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