File Your Income Tax Return by April 18th
Processing improvements keep
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[April 17, 2017]
– With only seven days left to file federal and state income tax
returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding
taxpayers to file as soon as they can. More than 4 million taxpayers
have already filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and
have received refunds totaling over $760 million. Approximately 87% of
the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically. An
estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before the
April 18th deadline.
Due to streamlined processing improvements, IDOR has reduced average
refund wait times to just four weeks, while building upon 2016
anti-fraud efforts that prevented over $20 million from being issued to
“Balancing the demand for a speedy refund with protecting Illinois
taxpayers against the threat of tax fraud and identity theft has been an
ongoing challenge,” said Connie Beard, IDOR Director. “Thanks to an
extensive review by our Account Processing staff during the tax
offseason, we have dramatically improved processing operations for the
2017 tax season, allowing us to return tax refund processing times to
their historical average, while continuing to fortify security
In October 2016, IDOR’s Account Processing Administration identified
over 68 initiatives to improve and streamline operations in 2017.
Improvements included over 11,000 hours in labor time saved, elimination
of non-value processing steps, and over $77,000 in cost savings related
to the initiative. With only 50% currently implemented, efficiencies and
savings will continue through calendar year 2017.
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For individuals who have yet to file their 2016 tax return, MyTax
Illinois, IDOR’s free online account management program, is now accepting
Individual Income Tax returns. Taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 using
Individuals may also utilize MyTax Illinois to make payments; check the status
of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refund using
Refund?; and look up their IL-PIN, estimated tax
payments, and 1099-G amounts. Filing Illinois income taxes electronically and
electing direct deposit is still the fastest way to receive a refund.
For the most up-to-date information, forms, schedules, and instructions for the
2017 Illinois Income Tax season, please visit IDOR’s website at:
tax.illinois.gov. Individuals needing assistance by phone may call IDOR’s
telephone assistance hotline at 1-800-732-8866 (Mon – Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm).
Extended hotline hours for the 2016 tax filing season are as follows: April 15
(Saturday) 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 17 (Monday) 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, and April 18
(Tuesday) 7:30 am to 7:00 pm.
[Illinois Department of Revenue]