Free tax help for eligible Chicagoans

January 22, 2009 3:13:41 PM PST
Mayor Richard M. Daley is urging all eligible Chicagoans to apply for the federal earned income tax credit program.To learn more about the program, visit

Mayor Daley also encouraged income-eligible residents to take advantage of the free income tax preparation service the city is offering at 30 sites across the city.

Each year the program returns more than half a billion dollars to working families across Chicago. The program provides refunds of up to $4,800 to low-income working families.

"And one of the most effective tools over the years the Earned Income Tax Program...which was created in 1975 as probably the most significant anti-poverty program in the United States...and this is the most solid one," the mayor said.