LIFT-Evanston to Provide Free Tax Preparation Services

Beginning in January, LIFT-Evanston will offer free tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families at its site in Evanston.  Trained tax advocates will assist clients with preparing and submitting tax returns online, in addition to identifying eligibility for valuable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). LIFT-Evanston is the only IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in Evanston.

Tax preparation services will be offered January 31st – April 14th

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9am-1pm

Tuesday: 1pm-7pm

Thursday: 1pm-5pm

Saturday 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/9: 10am-3pm

Clients who file their taxes with paid preparers can spend as much as 20 percent of their refunds on fees or if they tryto prepare their taxes independently, they may receive a much smaller refund.  The refunds and credits place money directly into the pockets of struggling families, which converts to better economic and social health of local communities.

In addition to giving people a significant economic boost, LIFT’s tax advocates gain experience in preparing taxes, understanding tax code, and strengthening their financial literacy.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact LIFT-Evanston at (847) 491-6707.