Income Tax Filing Begins

Both the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begin accepting 2018 individual income tax filings on January 28. Illinois taxpayers can file their Forms IL-1040 for free using the IDOR’s website, MyTax Illinois. Federal income tax filers can use www.irs.gov/freefile to find the IRS Free File software product that matches their situation.

According to IDOR, state taxpayers can use the state website to make payments, check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refunds using the Where’s My Refund? link, and look up their Illinois-Personal Identification Numbers, amounts of any estimated tax payments they have made, and (when necessary) amounts reported on Form1099-G.

Over six million individual Illinois income tax returns were filed in 2018 with 86% of them filed electronically. IDOR anticipates direct deposit refunds will be issued approximately four weeks from the time an “error-free, electronically-filed return” is submitted. The filing deadline to submit 2018 individual state and federal income tax returns is Monday, April 15.

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