Reserving your tax credit with Illinois Department of Revenue is a multi-step process. Before you begin, you’ll need to activate your account. Learn more about how to activate your account.


How to Reserve Your Tax Credit 

  1. Visit the Illinois Department of Revenue and Login to your account.
  2. After accessing the correct account, select “I want to…Contribute to Invest in Kids.”
  3. You will need to select a Region where your funds will be designated (not necessarily where you live). Choose Empower Illinois as your SGO, then enter your scholarship pledge.
  4. Your scholarship pledge should be made for your full donation amount. The state will calculate your tax credit.
  5. The Illinois Department of Revenue will email you (within 3 business days) with instructions to log back into your account, click on the ‘Correspondence’ tab, and view your Invest in Kids Contribution Authorization Certificate (CAC).
  6. Once you have your certificate, return to Empower Illinois to make your donation.


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