Center for Economic Progress

About Center for Economic Progress

We offer a full-range of services to help families acquire the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to make sound financial choices.

Tax Help

CEP provides low-wage workers with free, high quality tax preparation and an alternative to paid tax preparers. In 2013, we operated volunteer-driven tax sites in more than 15 Illinois communities and helped 16,000 families file their taxes for free – making CEP’s free tax prep program one of the largest in the country.

We serve families who make less than $50,000 and individuals who make less than $25,000.  Based on these income guidelines, we can help one in three Illinois residents.

Tax Clinic

Through our tax clinic, we provide free, professional representation to low-wage taxpayers facing an IRS controversy.  We also offer tax training for small businesses, such as childcare providers, to establish sound business practices, build their knowledge of record keeping and self-employment tax laws.

Our Tax Clinic has helped over 2,080 low-income families since 2000.  In 2011, we have assisted 137 clients and saved them over $670,000 in federal tax liabilities.

Financial Services

We help promote financial education and sound money practices — helping cut ties to predatory financial services.

We provide year-round workshops and one-on-one financial coaching to help clients set financial goals; create a spending plan; access safe and affordable bank products like bank accounts and small dollar loans; and review and correct credit reports and improve credit scores.

Current Opportunities at Center for Economic Progress

Bring Economic Security To Working People In Evanston!

Ever wished there was something you could do to help working families get ahead financially? Do you believe that when neighbors help neighbors whole communities can be lifted? Join us! Center for Economic Progress is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one providing tax and financial services for income-eligible households.


Everything we do is made possible or made better, thanks to our volunteers. We need your dedication, skill, and passion for our team of nearly 900 volunteers who deliver high-quality tax preparation to working people and families totally free of charge.

Why Volunteer With Center for Economic Progress?

*Gain powerful new skills: all training provided, no experience necessary

All the training you need is online and can be done at your own pace. We make it so anyone, regardless of experience level, can serve at a tax site. Plus, the valuable skills you walk away will contribute to your professional growth; volunteers often list their service with CEP on resumes and job applications and we’re happy to verify your service with a potential employer.

*Multiple locations, flexible scheduling

During the tax season, we are in over 15 communities and tax sites offer both evening and weekend hours. You can make an impact in your community in as little as one shift per week from February to April.

*Be part of an experienced team that makes a real impact

Center for Economic Progress tax volunteers have been creating change for over 25 years, serving tens of thousands of families around Illinois and returning over half a billion dollars to working people.


Ready To Make Economic Progress A Reality? Join Us Today!


Visit to learn more, register and begin your online training as a Tax Preparer or Tax Site Specialist.


If you have any questions, always feel free to reach out to us at or 312-630-0288.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Days: Saturday, Thursday, Tuesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings
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