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Free Tax Help Available to Chicago Residents

Free Tax Prep This Summer

The City of Chicago is committed to ensuring that hardworking Chicagoans can access FREE tax services to file their returns and claim their tax refunds. The City of Chicago works with its nonprofit partner, Ladder Up, to offer free tax help throughout the tax season and at various points in the off-season.


Harold Washington Library - 400 S. State St. 7th Fl

Wednesday 10AM - 2PM

June 15, 29

July 13, 27

August 10, 24

September 7, 21

October 5, 12

Free In-person Tax Services:

  • Walk-in, first-come-first-serve
  • Come get your taxes prepared for FREE
  • Sit with our volunteers and get your income tax prepared the same day.

Please refer to the “Eligibility and What to Bring tab at the top of the page to ensure you have all your documents and are eligible for free services. There might be other out-of-scope cases not listed in which Ladder Up cannot provide services. Please visit for more information.

Note: If you filed an extension, the deadline to file your income taxes is October 17, 2022.

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