There are several options you may choose from in acquiring paid tax filing services. Disclaimer: The listing below does not recommend utilizing and is only meant to inform. The final choice is up to the tax preparer in utilizing.

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/.

There are several options you may choose from in acquiring paid tax filing services. Disclaimer: The listing below does not recommend utilizing and is only meant to inform. The final choice is up to the tax preparer in utilizing.

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