As July 15 tax deadline nears help available for senior filers

Nearly 25% of people over 65 years of age still need to file their 2019 income taxes, which are due on Wednesday, July 15.

While most Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide programs, which provided free basic income tax return assistance, have suspended service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department on Aging wants seniors to know that the following options are available at no charge to assist them with their 2019 tax returns:

Open tax sites (please call to set up an appointment for site nearest you):
Christian County
Christian County Senior Center, Taylorville (217) 824-4263

Cumberland County  Life Center of Cumberland County, Toledo  (217) 849-3965

Jefferson County  Wesley United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon  (618) 242-2879

Johnson County  Southern Pride Senior Center, Vienna  (618) 658-9669

Vienna Extension Center, Vienna  (618) 973-0978

McLean County  Activity and Recreation Center, Normal  (309) 888-9099

Macon County  Macon County Senior Center, Decatur (217) 429-1239

Marion County  Calumet Christian Church, Centralia (618) 533-8890
First Christian Church, Salem (618) 740-1373

Massac County  Happy Hearts Senior Center, Metropolis (618) 524-9755

Moultrie County  Moultrie County CEFs Outreach, Sullivan (217) 728-7721

Pulaski County  Shawnee Development Council, Karnak (618) 634-2201

Tazewell County  Miller Senior Citizens Center, Pekin (309) 346-5210
Pekin Public Library, Pekin (309) 347-7111

Williamson County  Williamson County Aging Programs, Herrin (618) 988-1585
Illinois taxpayers can file their state returns for free at If you have income tax questions, email or call (800) 732-8866. Qualified taxpayers may also be eligible to participate in the IRS’ Free File program for federal returns