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D209 and the Center for Economic Progress Collaborate to Offer Free Tax Preparation Services

January 12, 2018 05:51 PM
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Proviso Township - A collaboration between Proviso Township High Schools District 209 (PTHS D209) and Center for Economic Progress (CEP) will bring four days of free tax preparation services to Proviso students, families, and communities.
 
CEP’s Progress on the Go financial services bus, a 40-foot mobile financial center, will be offering free tax prep services at Proviso Township High Schools District Office located at 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park on the following dates and times:
 
 
 
Saturday, January 27, 2018                   10 am – 3pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018                 10 am – 3pm
Saturday, March 31, 2018                      10 am – 3pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018                         10 am – 3pm
 
CEP provides free Federal and State tax returns for the current or previous years for individuals with salaries of $30,000 or less and households of two or more persons with income less than $55,000. CEP is one of the nation’s largest VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) centers and improves the quality of life for families and communities by helping them to benefit from tax refunds and savings opportunities. Progress on the Go was initially funded as part of a Progress Makers grant fund by the Citi Foundation and enables CEP to take their services to communities in areas west of Chicago and reach more people. In 2017 CEP’s Progress on the Go offered two free tax preparation service days at PTHS D209 and this year has increased it to four days to better serve the Proviso community.
 
"I welcome the opportunity to offer financial education services at our District as a way of empowering Proviso students, families, and communities.  I believe that these services will greatly benefit our students who are currently employed by teaching them the responsibility and process of filing a tax return so that they can save money and strengthen their financial decision-making skills. I encourage community members to attend one of the free tax prep days in our District to take advantage of the tax assistance that is being offered," said Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez, superintendent of District 209.
 
"Partnering with District 209 makes sense and helps us to meet people where they are," said, Juan Villalobos Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at CEP. He also stated, "We are delighted to work with PTHS D209 to help students and their families keep more of what they earn and avoid paying for tax preparation and financial services."
 
 
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