Make a big difference for individuals and families-in-need

The Illinois CPA Society's CPAs for the Public Interest and Ladder Up are recruiting volunteer tax preparers for the 2020 tax season. Program volunteers offer free federal and state tax return preparation for low-income individuals and families in Illinois.

Help others and give back by registering with Ladder Up today! Sign up for training, choose a tax preparation volunteer site and determine when and where you’d like to volunteer during tax season.

Sign up right here

How It Works

  • Get involved: Volunteers can register now. (Registration Coming Soon!)
  • All training is provided – no tax experience is needed: Training on tax basics and tax preparation is available online and in the classroom.
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE): CPAs can earn CPE after completing online and in-person training. Only 25 volunteer hours are required.
  • Convenient site locations: There are more than a dozen volunteer sites in northeastern Illinois and in Springfield. Location information for all sites is available here.
  • Flexibility: Volunteer afternoon, evening or weekend hours to fit your schedule. A commitment of once per week for four hours is ideal.

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, feedback

Derrick Lilly
Assistant Director, Communications & Publications | 312.517.7614