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The Forest Park Public Library has not yet received federal forms. Illinois State tax forms are here. Adult Services Librarians are happy to print forms from the IRS.GOV website for patrons for free.  Patrons can call and we’ll set aside the forms they request for Vestibule Pickup.

Please note this important information:

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

The February 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the December 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.”

For more information visit the IRS website.

Tips for taxpayers to make filing easier

To speed refunds and help with their tax filing, the IRS urges people to follow these simple steps:

  • File electronically and use direct deposit for the quickest refunds
  • Check IRS.gov for the latest tax information, including the latest on Economic Impact Payments. There is no need to call. 
  • For those who may be eligible for stimulus payments, they should carefully review the guidelines for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Most people received Economic Impact Payments automatically, and anyone who received the maximum amount does not need to include any information about their payments when they file. However, those who didn’t receive a payment or only received a partial payment may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return. Tax preparation software, including IRS Free File, will help taxpayers figure the amount. 
  • Remember, advance stimulus payments received separately are not taxable, and they do not reduce the taxpayer’s refund when they file in 2021.

Key filing season dates

There are several important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year’s filing season:

  • January 15. IRS Free File opens. Taxpayers can begin filing returns through Free File partners; tax returns will be transmitted to the IRS starting February 12. Tax software companies also are accepting tax filings in advance.
     
  • January 29. Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to raise awareness of valuable tax credits available to many people – including the option to use prior-year income to qualify.
     
  • February 12. IRS begins 2021 tax season. Individual tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins.
     
  • February 22. Projected date for the IRS.gov Where’s My Refund tool being updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns.
     
  • First week of March. Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.
     
  • April 15. Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns.
     
  • October 15. Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns.

AARP Tax Aide

Forest Park Community Center
Due to COVID-19, the Forest Park Community Center is not hosting AARP Tax Aide as in previous years.  We will update this page with any new information as we receive it regarding AARP Tax Aide availability.
708-771-7737

Free File
Through IRS Free File, taxpayers can review all available software options and choose the free offer that best meets their needs. This year, families with an adjusted gross income of $72,000 or less qualify to use one of the free software products. Taxpayers can use Free File anywhere they feel comfortable using the Internet; there is nothing to download or buy.

Ladder Up
The Tax Assistance Program (TAP) is now a drop-off service and will open on January 25th at their River North (Downtown Chicago) location by appointment only.  Appointment lines are open now at (312) 588 6900 or you can make an appointment online.  This service is for households earning up to $57,000 and individuals earning $30,000 annually. 

Where: River North – Ladder Up 350 W Wolf Point Plaza. Suite C2-100, Chicago, IL 60654

What: Monday – Friday Appointments: 9am-6pm Saturday: 9am-3pm

How it works:

  • Masks are required at all times.
  • Pick up your Intake Packet at your local site and fill it out before your appointment, if possible.
  • At your appointment, work with a volunteer to complete any questions you are unsure of during the  intake process.
  • The volunteer will scan your tax documents to allow Ladder Up tax volunteers to prepare and review your return completely virtual – you will not need to wait at the site for your return to be prepared
  • If you do not have access to email, make a follow-up appointment to visit the Drop-Off site to pick up and review your completed tax return or you can ask that we email your return to you and go over it with you over the phone.

IRS Volunteer Tax Income Assistance
Due to COVID-19, The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is unavailable in our area.  In previous years, this resource offered free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
800-906-9887

State & Federal Forms

Illinois Department of Revenue
Download forms and more tax information.

Internal Revenue Department
Download forms and more tax information.

Tax Resources

Taxpayer Answer Center
Get answers to tax questions.
800-544-5304

Income Tax Refund Status Inquiry
Find out the status of your tax refund.

Which IRS Form Should I Use?

Tax Term Glossary