Resources to help your community
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Flyers for Food Pantries, Schools, Shelters, and Other Nonprofits and Government Agencies
Training for Staff
Many low-income Illinois residents still haven't received their stimulus checks. Mobilizing trustworthy nonprofit and government staff to help people get their stimulus checks is one of the most effective things we can do. If your staff is fielding questions about stimulus checks or changes to tax credits, we can provide training to help them answer questions.
We recently hosted several trainings in March, 2021 - you can click here to watch a recording of the training.
The March 2021 webinar included:
- Who is eligible for the first and second stimulus checks?
- How to help clients get the stimulus payments by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit on a 2020 tax return
- Explore safe, affordable banking options with Bank On Chicago
- Help clients explore different options for filing a tax return
- Things to keep in mind for the 2021 tax season
Support for Digital Divide, Homeless, or Other High Barrier Populations
Filing a tax return online leads to faster processing time than mailing in a paper return to claim missing stimulus payments. If your clients don’t have computers, don’t have an address, or have another major barrier, you can walk them through the process. We have video and written guides for how to use the IRS Free File version of TurboTax to file a tax return online on our Tax Help page. Also, you can view the recording of the March 2021 training session for additional information.
If you are working with a client who cannot get online to file a tax return and must prepare and mail a paper return to the IRS, you can share our instructions for filing a paper return and also print a blank 2020 Form 1040 for them. These instructions are specific to someone who only received Social Security benefits in 2020 or who had no income in 2020.