ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is operating its free income tax preparation and filing sites for the fifth year in a row. The GoodTAXES program will begin on February 1st and continue through April 12th, 2014. The sites will be located at the Goodwill Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood Street in Rockford and also in the Goodwill Machesney Park store, 8010 N. Second Street. Goodwill will also have a mobile site that will travel to several locations in the Northern Illinois region. The GoodTAXES sites offer free tax 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.
Last year, the GoodTAXES sites served 2,087 individuals and returned over $2.1 million to communities. Additionally, the program saved participants over $368,800 in tax preparation fees. Goodwill’s Rockford and Machesney Park income tax sites are partially funded by the United Way of Rock River Valley. Community members using the site in previous years have raved about the quick, friendly, and efficient service and fast refunds, some coming back to them in as little as 7 days!
Goodwill is also offering free state and federal tax filing online through the My Free Taxes Program. Individuals and families earning $58,000 or less per year can complete their returns online free at www.goodwillni.org.
Individuals interested in Goodwill’s free tax program should call (815) 987-6200 to make an appointment.