Filing your taxes, or even determining if you are required to file taxes, can feel overwhelming. However, there are a variety of resources available to help guide you through the process and get the information you need. Please keep in mind that we are not tax professionals and cannot advise you regarding tax matters. We suggest that you consult a tax professional directly if you have questions.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Checklist of the information to gather for the tax year.
- Search tool for tax filers with low to moderate incomes who need free tax assistance. Assistance is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- A free online option for filing taxes to individuals meeting a certain income threshold.
- Resources specifically for students
- Resource page for parents
Information on education tax benefits
- IRS.gov – Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center
- IRS.gov - Education Credits – AOTC and LLC
- Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education
- Form 8863, Education Credit Instructions
- Publication 929, Tax Rules for Children and Dependents
- IRS videos YouTube page
- Department of Education website at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/tax-benefits
- Pub. 5081, Education Credit Online Resource Tool
- To help determine if students are eligible for education credits, use the IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant tool available on IRS.gov
Other non-profit organizations
The Center for Economic Progress provides assistance at a number of locations to provide individuals with assistance in filing their taxes. Evanston Public Library is one of the locations!