Tax Assistance 2022

Doing Your Taxes is Almost Fun with!

No one loves filing taxes, right? But this year, it’s easier than ever if you use United Way of Central Illinois is committed to ensuring people in Sangamon and Menard counties can easily and accurately file their taxes to receive the refunds and credits they deserve. Continue below to see the multiple ways you can file your taxes this year!

You can find additional information and links to these local tax assistance programs by calling 211 or 1-888-865-9903.

My Free Taxes

With MyFreeTaxes®, filing your return is free! That means you can file your federal and state returns without spending any money in tax preparation fees. For the 13th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, accessible through, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes themselves from their computer or smartphone.

That means you can file your federal and state returns without spending any money inSo far, MyFreeTaxes has helped 1.3 million people save $260 million in tax filing fees. And this year, MyFreeTaxes is available in English and Spanish.

The secure software walks you through the filing process and screens for common tax deductions and credits you may be eligible for, like the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child Tax Credit.

You can also use MyFreeTaxes to claim missed stimulus payments. That’s part of our effort to make sure you get back every penny possible.  If you need help, Use the Helpline to talk to a real person trained by the IRS. MyFreeTaxes’ Helpline is open from 10 am-6 pm EST daily to clarify things like filing status. Just call 1-866-698-9435.

Other tax situations covered in MyFreeTaxes include: 

  • W-2 income
  • Schedule C Self Employment
  • Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
  • Student education expenses, credits or student loan interest
  • Unemployment income
  • Claiming the standard deduction
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Child tax credits
  • Child and dependent care expenses.

MyFreeTaxes is the largest free, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit. United Way of Central Illinois in cooperation with United Way Worldwide makes this service available as part of our fight for the financial stability of every person in our community.

People saying doing your taxes is a chore. Prove them wrong. MyFreeTaxes is fast. It’s easy. You can do it from anywhere: your phone, tablet or laptop. You can start on one device, and finish on another. Above all, MyFreeTaxes is free, regardless of income for all simple returns!

Looking for ways to share this information in the workplace or with others? Check out our MyFreeTaxes Toolkit. Click here to view

AARP Tax-Aid Program with Senior Services of Central Illinois

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low to moderate income.

Appointments will be held every Monday and Tuesday morning February 7 to April 5, 2022. To set up your appointment, please call Tessa at Senior Services of Central Illinois at 217-528-4035 ext. 299.

Other Resources

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
(800) 829-1040
(800) 829-4059 (TDD)

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213

Illinois Department of Revenue
(800) 732-8866
(800) 544-5304 (TDD)