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February 18, 2020

Triton College RSVP Offers Free Tax Assistance

Trained volunteers provided through Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Program for the Elderly (TCE)

RIVER GROVE, Ill. - The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties, sponsored by Triton College in River Grove, is offering the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), a free program for community members age 60 and older from low- to moderate-income households.

Volunteer tax assistors are specially trained to help individuals complete their taxes. The assistance includes helping participants complete federal tax forms, 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040, and state income tax forms. All tax returns are submitted electronically once completed.

“This is a valuable program we offer to the community. Each year we help approximately 900 taxpayers who are 60 and older file their state and federal income tax returns electronically for free,” said Kay Frey, RSVP director. “The volunteers can also inform the seniors of tax credits they may qualify for.”

Those seeking assistance must make an appointment by calling Triton’s RSVP Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3895, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. After receiving a scheduled date and time participants should bring W-2 forms from all employers, Form 1099s (interest statements from banks), a copy of last year’s tax return and any other relevant tax information to the appointment.

The tax assistance program will be offered now through Tuesday, April 14, at various locations throughout the community. The location schedule is currently as follows: 

  • Mondays: Melrose Park Public Library.
  • Tuesdays: The Elmwood Park Senior Center and the Eisenhower Library in Harwood Heights.
  • Wednesdays: The Proviso Township Office in Hillside.
  • Thursdays: Leyden Township’s Westdale Park in Melrose Park.
  • Fridays: The Senior Assistance Center in Norridge.
  • Saturdays: Triton College.

Triton College’s RSVP has provided this program for more than 25 years in partnership with the IRS. Volunteer tax assistors are specially trained to help people complete their taxes. The volunteer tax assistors are individuals who are college-aged students as well as older adults.

For more information on RSVP and TCE tax assistance, or to schedule an appointment, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3895.