Depending on your income, you can have your taxes prepared for free at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Sites are typically open from January to April every year. There are two large organizations that serve the Chicago metropolitan area: Ladder Up and the Center for Economic Progress (the Center).
The Center operates VITA sites in more than 25 communities throughout Illinois. Each year, it helps more than 30,000 families and individuals prepare and file tax returns and get all the tax credits they've earned and refunds they're owed.