Did you know... 
The IRS taxes stolen property. The 1040 instructions say that you should report it as stolen property. However, doing that would be self-incrimination, from which we are protected by the Constitution; therefore, one has the option of reporting it as "other income". Practical knowledge to help you out at the sites!  (source).
OH, WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED!

Tax-Time Teammates, 
 
Well, you guys did it. Our sites were bustling, with volunteers and clients, and we completed  525 returns and secured  $1,290,754 in refunds for our clients this past Saturday! Whaaa??? Across all 16 sites we turned away only 21 clients for time This volunteer manager is smitten!

But despite all my warm fuzzy feelings of Saturday past, I have to make another ask. We still need 104 volunteers for this Saturday. We are expecting it to be BUSY- potentially busier than we were last week! Find it in your heart to sign up, because I don't know about you, but when a client is so delighted by her refund that she gives me a hug, it just makes crawling out of bed early on a cold Chicago morning worth it!

Please consider signing up for one of our 104 open spots
 
If you still need to attend training, sign up  here . (PS. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST TAX CERTIFY EVERY YEAR. This is the in-person training for most volunteers. The prerequisites are only the first part of your certification. See more info here!)
 
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at volunteers@goladderup.org

Sincerely, 

Anna Phelan 
Volunteer Program Manager
 
 
In this week's newsletter:
NEEDYNEEDIEST SITES

Let's keep the momentum going and knock out some tax returns!
 
We are 104 volunteers short of full capacity this Saturday- and it is February! Sign up now! 
 
Also- please think about signing up for weekday sessions at WIC-Diversey, WIC-Armitage, WIC-Western, Kennedy-King College, Olive-Harvey College, Wilbur Wright College, or Harold Washington Library! (What were we thinking?!)
 
f you're flexible on Saturday and want to have the most impact, consider signing up for City Meeting Location . Meet in the loop and we will get you to and from the site that needs you the most!
 

Site 
(Click to Sign Up)
 
Intake 
Needed

QR

Needed

TP

Needed
Austin 
2 Full! Full!
Benito Juarez 
Full!
2 Full!
Casa Esperanza 
1
6 5
Cowherd 
Full!
3 Full!
Daley 
1
Full! 1
Full!
5
Full!
HWL 
Full! 1 1
1
6
2
Full! 3
6
2 1 1
Unity 
1
3
4
Full! Full! 1
WIC - Diversey
Full! Full! Full!
1
4
6
1 4 1
Wright 
Full! 2 3
Total:
11 42 36
Total Volunteers Needed:   104  
 
TATTAX-A-THON IS ON!

We kicked off our February Tax-A-Thon with a day-long tax session at Olive-Harvey College this past Saturday, and it was FABULOUS!!! 


In addition to our fabulous team of regulars we had a ton of volunteers helping fill out the site so we could secure
$143,442  in refunds for our clients in just 1 day! There was food, there were prizes, there were crafts, and there were even news crews!!! Ladder Up was featured on Fox Chicago and  ABC 7 !


February is our busiest month, and we need loads of help! For every tax session completed during the month of February,  $4.50 will be donated to Ladder Up.  Sign up today for volunteer sessions today to make sure we can serve as many clients as possible and to maximize the offer from these donors. And if that's not enough incentive, there will also be  PRIZES!!!!
 
You can also help support Ladder Up's programs  by fundraising through  tax-a-thon and reaching out to friends and family to make a pledge for every volunteer session you attend in February, just like you would for a walk-a-thon. If you don't want to set up your own page, please consider  sponsoring a fellow volunteer.

trainSTILL TIME TO TRAIN
Ladder Up will host Basic and Advanced training in our Willis Tower offices on February 10th and February 17th. Volunteers with two or more years of experience can do self-guided training on a more flexible schedule!
knowSTUDY UP

Check out some of our supplemental training resources and stay tuned as we continue to add more!

Filing Status Quiz : Make sure you understand the nuances of filing status!

Rideshare Returns : Learn how to master a Rideshare (Uber or Lyft) return!

Affordability Calculator : Hate telling clients they owe a healthcare penalty? Learn how to check for an affordability exemption!

Quality Review Training:  Not just for Quality Reviewers! This is a great overview of the process that familiarizes volunteers with the interview process, paperwork procedures, and how to talk to clients! Plus, it includes this delightful little video! 



Money Coach Training: Interested in helping clients save even more money at the sites? Take a look at our Money Coach Training. Sign up as a Money Coach, or better yet, sign up as a QR or TP with Money Coach powers!
ambassador
ambaHELP US GET THE WORD OUT
Become a Ladder Up Brand Ambassador. We're
trying to get hip with the program. Help us get there! Like, share, and comment on our posts. Share pictures of  you and your  friends   volunteering.
Tell us your  favorite Ladder Up story. We want to make taxes cool again- and let's be honest- we need your help!

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