For over 25 years, the Center for Economic Progress has helped income-qualified individuals and families become more financially stable. Leveraging the power of volunteers, we are a trusted provider of free, year-round tax and financial services under the banner of “Service with Dignity.” Whether you prefer to help by working directly with clients or by providing support behind the scenes, we have a place for you! Most positions do not require previous experience; we provide training and certification at no cost to our volunteers. All new volunteers are required to attend a community-based info session.
We serve our income-qualified clients in three ways:
- Preparing Federal and Illinois tax returns at no charge, helping to maximize savings and educating clients on credits they may be eligible to claim and appropriate recordkeeping
- Improving financial health by providing group presentations on basic budgeting, credit building, or tax tips and working one-on-one with members of our Project Money financial coaching program
- Representing and advising taxpayers who have problems with the IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue in coordination with Tax Clinic professional staff or pro bono CPAs, enrolled agents, or lawyers