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Free Tax Prep for Military Families

Find out if you qualify.

Credit: File photo
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Submitted by the office of State Rep. Tom Cross:

Free personal income tax return filing assistance is available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have recently returned or are still serving on active duty in a combat zone, Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) announced today. The service is also extended to immediate family members of deployed military personnel through the Military Tax Assistance Program, provided by the Illinois CPA Society’s “CPAs for the Public Interest”.

CPAs for the Public Interest will match military personnel and/or their family members with CPA volunteers in their area who will provide free personal federal and state income tax preparation assistance. Volunteers will help qualified persons take full advantage of tax benefits, exclusions, filing and payment extensions available to them. This is a year-round service; and a spouse or family member can request assistance for military personnel currently serving overseas.

“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and Coast Guard personnel put their lives on the line for us every single day,” Cross said. “While we can truly never do enough to thank them, we are pleased to once again join the Illinois CPA Society in promoting this outstanding service for our military personnel and their families.” 

Who qualifies: 

  • U.S. Armed Forces personnel having served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area during the current tax year.
  • U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving in a contingency operation, per the Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003.
  • Participants must be current Illinois residents.

Registration is available online at www.icpas.org/militarytaxrequest.

For more information, please contact the Illinois CPA Society at 800-572-9870.

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