IRS Free File/Tax Assistance Software: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free
IRS Local Office: http://www.irs.gov
230 S. Dearborn St. Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm 312.566.4912
Illinois State Revenue Office: http://www.revenue.state.il.us
100 W. Randolph (Thompson Ctr) Hours: 8:30 am-5:00pm 1.800.732.8866
VITA Volunteers: Individuals who are certified to assist individuals in filing tax returns (free service for those generally with an AGI of $53K or less). To locate nearest VITA site, call 1.800.906.9887 or visit https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.
Certified public accountants. Not all CPAs specialize in doing individual income tax returns. To find a CPA, go to either American Institute of Certified Public Accountants www.aicpa.org or Illinois CPA Society: http://www.icpas.org
Enrolled agents. Focus solely on taxes. Trained or worked directly for the IRS. Enrolled agents might work for themselves or in a CPA firm. To locate one, go to http://www.naea.org/
National tax-prep chains. (H&R Block, Jackson-Hewitt) work best for simple, straightforward returns.
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If you choose to use a professional tax preparer, make sure they:
- Have filed student tax returns in the past
- Have passed state or federal certifying exams
- Give you an estimated price for services up front, including all fees.
- Will stand by their work and provide audit assistance or advice if necessary
- Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund