Donors need an account on mytax.illinois.gov before applying for a tax credit. This can take up to 10 days and involves a mailed letter containing your account pin.
In order to make your MyTax Illinois account, you will need two things:
- The primary taxpayer’s Social Security Number (SSN)
- ONE of the following: Illinois Driver’s License number, Illinois State ID number, or Adjusted Gross Income from the prior year.
After you have registered, you can reserve your tax credit for the current calendar year with the Illinois Department of Revenue. Check out our Schools by Region to determine where your school of choice is located, and be sure to designate Empower Illinois as your SGO.
You will receive your Contribution Authorization Certificate (CAC) via email, and will also be available for download from your MyTax Illinois account. Once you have your certificate, you are ready to donate.
Once you receive confirmation of your tax credit and your CAC from the Illinois Department of Revenue, you have up to 60 days to make your donation through Empower Illinois. 95 percent of your gift will be sent directly to schools to provide scholarships for students in need. Please note tax credit scholarship donations from corporations and trusts cannot be designated to schools or school systems.
Our Step-by-Step Guide will walk you through the tax credit scholarship donation process from beginning to end. Please reach out to our Donor Helpline (firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-616-7606) with any questions.
If you do not have Illinois tax liability, and would like to make a charitable donation to Empower Illinois, click here.