Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Preparation of Income Tax Returns

Organization

Center for Economic Progress - Tax Clinic

Location

567 West Lake Street
Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60661

Website

Description

Volunteers prepare prior year and amended income tax returns for low-income families. The Center for Economic Progress offers tax training sessions each January that teach volunteers to use TaxWise software and prepare tax returns.

Formal training and support is provided to volunteers. Trainings are available from November to January and consist of several online sessions that volunteers can complete at their convenience and one classroom session. After completing the trainings, volunteers must pass the Basic Certification Test and the Standards of Conduct Test. The training and the certification exams take a total of approx. 9.5-11.5 hours to complete.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Leslie Malz at lmalz@economicprogress.org or 312-630-0266.

About the Organization

The Center for Economic Progress - Tax Clinic provides pro bono advice and legal representation to individuals and families that face a controversy with the Internal Revenue Service. The clinic helps taxpayers interpret letters they have received from the IRS regarding their tax returns and helps undocumented immigrants file a tax return even if they do not have a Social Security number.

The clinic also assists taxpayers who have received an examination (audit) notice or who are involved with the Appeals Division of the IRS. Most cases are settled, but if necessary the clinic will represent the taxpayer in the U.S. Tax Court. 

The clinic serves residents of Illinois, Wisconsin and northwest Indiana with incomes at or below 250% of poverty.