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Naperville Park District Offers Senior Tax Filing Assistance in Modified Form

Naperville Park District is offering free tax filing assistance to seniors provided by trained AARP Tax Aides; however, the process is modified to minimize contact. In past years, each participant met in person with a volunteer for 45 minutes. This year, the volunteers will prepare documents remotely. Participants will submit a request for a tax packet via email and then register for the waitlist, code 56201.  There will be two brief (ten-minute) visits to the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center: the first for scanning documents and the second for review and signatures.

“This modified method of preparing returns this year is necessary due to COVID-19,” explained Program Manager Lorraine Ouellette. “Most AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are seniors themselves and are concerned for their safety as well as the safety of the taxpayers.”

As of February 11, the waitlist is full. Please see the list below of alternate ways to prepare your tax return this year.

Details and instructions for requesting tax filing assistance can be found at www.napervilleparks.org/taxassistance.  Interested seniors may begin requesting assistance now. The time between the initial request and the appointments will depend on the number and timing of requests received.

With the modified restrictions, AARP Tax-Aides may not be able to complete as many tax returns for seniors as they have in the past. For those who are unable to secure an appointment, the following list includes alternate ways to complete tax returns this year.

1. File your taxes for free at AARP’s website with online assistance from a volunteer. Go to https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

2. File your federal taxes for free at the IRS website by going to one of the following links:
https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/heres-how-seniors-and-retirees-can-file-their-taxes-for-free

3. File your Illinois state taxes for free at the Illinois Department of Revenue website by going to the following link: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/programs/mytax/Pages/il-1040.aspx. ​

4. Reach out to a trusted family member, friend or neighbor to help you with online filing options if you do not have a computer or are not comfortable navigating the internet.

5. Call any of the local tax preparation service companies such as H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty Tax, etc. and ask if they are currently offering contact-free drop-off service. There will be a fee to use this service. You would call the company to set up an appointment to drop off all your documents. Someone will be assigned to complete your return and will be in contact with you during the entire process.

6. Purchase a software package such as H&R Block, Turbo Tax or Tax Act and follow their step-by-step instructions to complete and e-file your tax returns.


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Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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