Make a difference for individuals and families in need

The Illinois CPA Society's CPAs for the Public Interest and Ladder Up have partnered to recruit volunteer tax preparers to assist low-income individuals and families throughout Illinois with preparing and filing their federal and state tax returns.

Ladder Up provides the requisite training and facilitates the volunteer opportunities to best meet the needs of taxpayers.

Help others and give back by registering with Ladder Up today! Please note that you're an Illinois CPA Society volunteer when registering.

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Low Income Tax Preparation

How It Works

  • Get involved: Volunteers can create a VolunteerHub account with Ladder Up and register for the volunteer newsletter. Volunteer training will take place with Ladder Up from mid-December through January.
  • Get trained: Ladder Up will be offering Basic and Advanced certification trainings in-person and virtually for volunteers wishing to participate as Tax Preparers or Quality Reviewers. All volunteers must also take two short 10-question tests on ethics and intake quizzes. Ladder Up will provide a pre-read to complete prior to the training and all the tools you need to certify. Training materials will be available by the end of November, and trainings will start mid-December.
  • Get going: Volunteers can learn more about Ladder Up's program here. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Saturday.

This volunteer program is organized by CPAs for the Public Interest, the community service arm of the Illinois CPA Society, which links financial management professionals with not-for-profit organizations and community service projects in Illinois.

By participating in an Illinois CPA Society public service volunteer program, you agree to the following terms: The Illinois CPA Society does not accept any responsibility for the skills or expertise asserted by volunteers. The Illinois CPA Society reserves the right to reassign or terminate a volunteer’s participation at its discretion. Some public service volunteer opportunities require volunteers to exhibit specific skills to participate competently. You are expected to evaluate your ability to complete the objectives of each volunteer opportunity and to withdraw or seek technical assistance if your skill sets do not match the needs of the program or specific task.


Questions, comments, and feedback

Derrick Lilly
Asst. Director Communications & Publications | 312.517.7614