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Tax Resources

Tax Information - Online resources, websites, search terms for the Library’s online catalog.

Where's My Refund - Don't fall for Internet scams; the IRS never initiates contact by email. Check your refund status directly at the IRS site.

Where's My Illinois Refund? - Visit the Income Tax Refund Status Inquiry System to find out the status of your refund.

Coronavirus Stimulus Payments - track your payment or learn about how to qualify for a stimulus payment if you were not required to pay income tax for 2019.

Tax Forms

Federal Forms and Publications are available for current and past years from the Internal Revenue Service site. You may also request forms by calling 1-800-TAX FORMS.

Illinois Forms can be downloaded at the Illinois Department of Revenue site. If you prefer to call, phone 1-800-732-8866.

Forms from Other States are online at the Federation of Tax Administrators site.

Online Filing

IRS e-file provides online filing information and links for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and tax professionals.

IL-1040 online filing allows all Illinois individual taxpayers to file their state form online for free, starting mid-January.

Free File Alliance is a non-profit organization that allows low-income taxpayers to file their taxes using commercial tax software for free. Income thresholds are strictly enforced, so please check requirements before using this option. For Tax Year 2020 (returns usually prepared in 2021), the income limit is $72,000.

Approved Third-Party Software by the State of Illinois - These commercial products have registered with the State of Illinois as legitimate for-profit tax preparation services, for those who'd like a bit of automated assistance while preparing their taxes online.

Tax Help In-Person

*Due to COVID-19, please call ahead before visiting any tax preparation sites in-person to be aware of the latest guidelines.

2021 Local Tax Preparation Information

IRS VITA and TCE Locator - find local free tax preparation help, for those who qualify

AARP Site Locator Tool - for 2021, expect information to be updated in early February

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers can help you with your federal forms. Check the hours and services provided before you visit.

Illinois Regional Offices offer drop-in assistance. Remember to bring all your documents with you.

Tax Help Websites

AARP Tax-Aide - AARP Foundation's online tax resources

IRS Withholding Estimator - make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from your paycheck so you aren't surprised by a big bill at tax time

Ladder Up/Center for Economic Progress - tax help for lower-income filers both online and in-person

St. Charles Public Library has books, articles and more to help you at tax time.

Tax Time Allies - provides online links for lower-income filers and lists of local help for lower-income and senior filers

Taxpayer Advocate Service - Your voice in the IRS for tax problems you can’t resolve yourself.

En Español

El IRS en español información general, e-file --la forma electrónica para presentar sus impuestos, consejos útiles.

Updated 1/2021 SAS