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Financial Information

AgeLinc does not endorse the organizations listed below or the products/services they offer.  The following information is provided only for your convenience.

AARP Tax-Aide Assistance

Tax-Aide will offer a variety of tax preparation assistance options – from in-person, to low-contact, to no contact service models, as well as self-preparation.  Availability will be based on a number of variables, including COVID-19 spread, volunteer training/availability and taxpayer location.

The Tax-Aide site locator is available for the public to learn about the type of tax prep service that will be offered in a particular area.  Decisions on whether a TA site offers an all-virtual, light contact or in-person approach will be based on safety and health data from Johns Hopkins about presence of virus in a particular area.  The site locator will be regularly updated and short notice changes are possible given the nature of COVID-19.

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Jackson-Hewitt Tax Assistance

Please note:  This offer does not include Jackson-Hewitt offices within Walmart locations.
Seniors can call any of the local Jackson-Hewitt offices and let them know they were referred by Senior Services of Central Illinois to receive tax preparation services for Federal returns at a discounted rate of $50, and an additional $25 for State returns.

Ladder Up Tax Assistance

Ladder Up (Center of Economic Progress) offers a free Tax Assistance Program serving individuals earning up to $30,000 per year and families earning up to $57,000 per year.  Appointments will be available on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00 at the Salvation Army, 1600 East Clear Lake.  Appointments must be made by calling (312) 588-6900 and specifying the Springfield location.  This is a drop off service only.

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Protecting Your Finances During The Pandemic

Protecting your Finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic
From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Beware of Scams Related to the Coronavirus
Recognize and prevent fraud and scams during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Beware of fake claims, deals and websites offering home testing kits, medical supplies, vaccines and cures (there currently are no drugs authorized by the FDA for use). 

COVID-19 Consumer Tip Sheet
From Senior Medicare Patrol. 

Guide to Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options
If you can’t make your mortgage payments because of hardships due to COVID-19, start by understanding your options and reaching out for help. 

IRS – Coronavirus Information
Information on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments and other tax relief programs.

SSA – Coronavirus Information
Latest COVID-19 related updates for Social Security Recipients.