D209 And Center For Economic Progress To Offer Free Tax Prep Services

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is collaborating with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) to provide free tax preparation services to low-income students, families and community members in Proviso Township for four days this year.

The services will take place on the center’s 40-foot Progress on the Go financial services bus, which will be parked out in front of Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd., in Forest Park, during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to a statement released by D209 officials, CEP “provides free federal and state tax returns for the current or previous years for individuals with salaries of $30,000 or less and households of two or more person with income less than $55,000.”

Last year, D209 partnered with CEP’s tax prep bus to offer two days of free tax prep services.

“I welcome the opportunity to offer financial education services at our District as a way of empowering Proviso students, families and communities,” said D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez in the statement.

“I believe that these services will greatly benefit our students who are currently employed by teaching them the responsibility and process of filing a tax return so that they can save money and strengthen their financial decision-making skills,” Rodriguez said.

The Progress on the Go bus will also be at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday from Feb. 10 through March 17; and at the Village of Broadview Municipal Building, 2350 S. 25th Ave., in Broadview, on Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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A CES client and a tax prep volunteer inside of the Progress on the Go bus. | Courtesy District 209 

To schedule an appointment, click here or call (312) 252-0280. People who are hearing impaired may dial 711. Although appointments, and advanced registration, are strongly encouraged, walk-ins are accepted from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

All CEP clients are automatically covered by CEP’s staff and attorneys and enrolled agents to represent them at anytime, at no extra charge, if the IRS or Illinois
Department of Revenue challenges their tax return.

What to bring

  • All tax documents received, including W-2s and 1099
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN card/letter for everyone that appears on your tax return
  • Valid Photo ID
  • Checking and Savings account and bank routing numbers
  • Information pertaining to health insurance coverage (Form 1095 A, 1095-B, 1095-C, Medicare card) or Certifi cate of Exemption
  • Copy of your property tax bill paid in 2017, if applicable
  • Copy of your 2016 tax return

For more info on CEP, click here. VFP 

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