ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is operating Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for the fourth year in a row with great success in local communities in the first three weeks of tax season. Since opening the sites on Saturday, January 26, 2013, Goodwill volunteers have completed over 725 returns and returned over $1.1 million to communities.
Goodwill is hosting sites this year at their store 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. Goodwill has also introduced 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. Our Volunteer Tax Assistors also assist community members in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible.
Goodwill is also partnering with the National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide to expand free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance to qualified individuals. Funded by the Walmart Foundation, the My Free Taxes program is a free online option for individuals who prefer to file their own taxes. Eligible individuals or families must have a combined income of $57,000 or less. To file online free today, please visit www.goodwillni.org.
Goodwill will be offering a Financial Festival on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at their Rockford location, 615 N. Longwood Street, from 9am to 1pm. The Financial Festival is a FREE family friendly financial wellness event offering individuals not only free income tax preparation and filing, but also featuring local experts to help you with bank accounts, credit reports, job search assistance, identity theft, legal assistance, attending and paying for college, low-cost internet and cell phone service, on-site shredding of confidential papers, and MORE!
Individuals interested in Goodwill’s free tax program should call (815)987-6200 to make an appointment.