Taxpayer assistance extended for April 17 deadline
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Last-minute filers urged to file electronically
[April 13, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Revenue will open its taxpayer assistance phones lines
on Saturday and will keep them open longer on Monday and Tuesday to
assist taxpayers as the April 17 tax filing deadline approaches.
Taxpayers with questions about their Illinois tax returns can call
the department at 800-732-8866 between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday
or between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday to talk to a
taxpayer service representative.
Taxpayers can get automated help
online at any time by visiting the "Answer Center" at
www.tax.illinois.gov, where they have access to a database of
answers to commonly asked questions.
With the tax filing deadline looming, the department is still
waiting for 2 million tax returns.
The department urges last-minute filers to avoid common errors by
being certain to attach their W-2s and supporting information, to
sign their return, and to check their math. Taxpayers who received
unemployment insurance payments and had Illinois tax withheld are
reminded to attach the 1099-G and include the withholding on Line
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Taxpayers who want their refunds fast are encouraged to file
electronically, either online or through a tax professional, and
receive their refunds in a week; paper returns filed at this point
in the season can take 10 to 12 weeks to be processed.
Nearly all taxpayers can file online for free by visiting
special software is needed. Taxpayers will get a confirmation
number, and refunds will be direct deposited in their bank accounts
within a week.
[Text from Illinois
Department of Revenue news release received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]