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Posted: February 17, 2015

Read CEP's latest publications and reports.

Progress on the Go mobile unit delivers free tax returns
West Suburban Journal, March 23, 2017 

CEP Recognizes Volunteers
TheStreet, March 15, 2017

Free Mobile Tax Clinic to Roll Into Maywood, Will Offer Credit Help Too 
The Free Village Press, January 27, 2017

Important News on Tax Refund Delay
Yahoo News, January 5, 2017

IRS, other agencies warn of identity theft during holidays
Chicago Sun-Times, December 10, 2016 

Tax-time savings: An antidote to financial insecurity
ProfitWise, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, November 2016

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and ideas42 Arm Center for Economic Progress and Other Nonprofits with Behavioral Insights To Help Tackle Financial Challenges Facing the Underserved, July 20, 2016

Free tax prep site depends on its volunteers
Springfield State Journal Register, March 26, 2016 

CEP Tax Clinic Director Paul Harrison Quoted in IRS response to Trump: Nothing prevents taxpayers from showing their own return
Chicago Tribune, February 26, 2016

Centers Offer Free Help For Low And Moderate Income Taxpayers
WBBM 780/CBS Chicago, February 6, 2016 

Center for Economic Progress moves to Judson, offers tax services
Elgin Courier-News, February 1, 2016

Volunteers sought for free tax preparation in West Chicago, January 21, 2016 

Program at Waubonsee offers free tax preparation
The Beacon-News, January 25, 2016

Beth Malloy Joins Center for Economic Progress Board of Directors
Chicago Tribune, December 18, 2015 

Chicago's Promising Experiment with a Year-Round EITC
Washington Monthly, October 29, 2015 

Pilot Suggests Periodic EITC Payments Could Reduce Income Volatility, Create Financial Stability
Tax Credits for Working Families, October 20, 2015

What this new experiment in Chicago can teach us about combating poverty
The Week, October 2, 2015 

One Day Left to Pay Taxes
Azteca America, April 14, 2015  

Meet the Center for Economic Progress: Helping Working Families Succeed, March 26, 2015 

Mussman Encourages Taxpayers to Make Use of Free Tax Filing Services
Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2015

Tax Time Warning
WLS-TV (ABC), Febraury 13, 2015

Free Help in Paying Your Taxes
Telemundo, January 30, 2015 

Association Aims to Arm Business Owners with Tools to Prevent IRS Audits, January 14, 2015 

Koskinen and Olson Unveil IRS's New Taxpayer Bill of Rights: CEP Tax Clinic Director Paul Harrison Quoted
Tax Notes Today, June 11, 2014 

Free Tax Help: Interview with CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
Azteca America, April 14, 2014 

Chicago Tonight: Interview featuring CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
WTTW, April 8, 2014 

Illinois Newsmakers: Interview with CEP President & CEO David Marzahl
Comcast, April 1, 2014 

Free Tax Help: Interview featuring CEP's Community Building Manager Juan Villalobos
Univision Chicago, January 28, 2014 

Still Marching 1-22-14: Interview with CEP President & CEO David Marzahl
First Business News, January 22, 2014 

People on the Move: Michael Fayhee and Jodie Winnett as New Board Members
Crain's Chicago Business, November 8 & December 5, 2013

People on the Move: Non-Profits, Eddie Gershman and Jodie Winnett as New Board Members
Crain's Chicago Business, August 15, 2013 

CTA Rolls Back Some Controversial Ventra Fees
Chicago Sun-Times, May 24, 2013 

2 weeks until Tax Day: Low-income help; tips for self-employed
ABC7 News, April 1, 2013 

People on the Move: Harlan Teller, 61, to Board Chair
Crain's Chicago Business, February 21, 2013 

Free Tax Prep Puts Money in the Pockets of Illinois Working Families
Medill News Service, February 20, 2013

Quinn Urges Eligible Taxpayers to File for Credit
WTHITV10, February 17, 2013

Quinn: Not Enough People are Taking Advantage of Tax Breaks
CBS Chicago, February 16, 2013

Credit Reports: How to Detect, Report Errors
ABC7 News, February 12, 2013 

CBS2 TV Investigators: Tax Preparers May Be Ripping You Off
CBS2 TV, February 4, 2013

Chicago's Mayor Adds Funds for Free Tax Help, January 23, 2013

Posted: August 28, 2015

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee included a very damaging paragraph in its 191-page financial services budget bill. Under the guise of reducing EITC error rates, the bill would quintuple the number of pages low-wage workers need to fill out to claim tax credits for which they are eligible. In other words, the bill alleges to increase compliance but would ultimately only increase complexity. This is a flawed and imprudent strategy that will hurt low-wage workers without tackling the problems it purports to address.

Posted: July 27, 2015

CHICAGO - The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is excited to welcome new expertise to its Board of Directors. Recently elected members Jon Maul of Chase and James Pyle of US Foods, Inc. bring expertise in banking and management and extensive legal knowledge to CEP, a trusted provider of free tax and financial services to low-income families.

With the addition of their skills and knowledge, the Board of Directors has an even better advantage in advising CEP in ways to continue to provide innovative, volunteer-driven services for Illinois families to reach financial stability.