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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Get your taxes - and FAFSA - done for FREE

There are 2 organizations offering tax and FAFSA assistance in the city of Chicago: The Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up.

The Center for Economic Progress is offering to do taxes for free for families with less than a $50,000 income ($25,000 for individuals).

There are 6 locations throughout the city of Chicago., and many more in the Chicagoland area.

If you haven't done the FAFSA, or want to update it with new tax information,  CEP is a great place to do it!

Even if you feel like you didn't have an income, it would be wise to make a visit and find out for sure.(Those on unemployment MUST still fill out taxes!)
Thanks to Stephen Thurston II of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church for the above graphic

The Ladder Up organization  is offering to do taxes for free for families with less than a $45,000 income ($20,000 for individuals). They have separate locations for taxes (through their TAP = Tax Assistance Program)  and for FAFSA help, through their LIFT program. Ladder Up has partnered with experts from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission in the past, and is a great resource for families to fill out the FAFSA.

Remember what we said about the FAFSA and our  warning about the FAFSA: do it as soon as possible. If you can do your taxes now, then you can do the FAFSA at the same time (with Center for Economic Progress). If you aren't ready to do your taxes, then at least do the FAFSA! 

Do-Gooder Consulting also provides an affordable year-long consulting service for your organization that includes 3 seminars (The Financial Aid Process – for families; The College Going Process – for youth workers; FAFSA workshop – for families).
Contact us at or call us at 872-222-8008 for details on the free and paid services. We look forward to hearing from you. Find out more about us at