2017 Illinois Tax Filing
Season Begins Monday, January 23rd
IDOR fraud efforts resulted in
over $20 million in savings in 2016
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[January 20, 2017]
– The Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin accepting 2016
state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23rd, the same
date that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) begins accepting federal
individual income tax returns. IDOR is reminding taxpayers that filing
tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking
or savings account is still the fastest, most secure way to receive a
refund. IDOR begins this tax season with a continued focus on protecting
taxpayers and state government against fraud.
“The State of Illinois’ continued resolve to detect and prevent tax
return fraud has resulted in an overall savings of more than$20 million
in calendar year 2016 – a $14.5 million or 250% increase from 2015,”
said Connie Beard, IDOR Director. “That’s money that would have
otherwise fallen into the hands of criminals that continue in their
attempts to perpetrate fraud at the state and national level. Protecting
our taxpayers and ensuring refunds go to the right individual is our top
As fraud prevention measures continue, IDOR anticipates direct deposit
refunds will be issued four weeks from the time of filing for electronic
returns submitted error-free.
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Illinois, IDOR’s free online account management program will
begin accepting Individual Income Tax returns on January 23rd. Taxpayers can
file their Form IL-1040 for free using MyTax Illinois. Individuals may also
utilize MyTax Illinois to make payments, check the status of their Illinois
Individual Income Tax refund using Where’s My Refund?, and look up their IL-PIN,
estimated tax payments, and 1099-G amounts.
For tax year 2016, over six million individual income tax returns were filed
with IDOR. Of those, 84% were filed electronically. Over 4 million or 66% of
those who filed an individual income tax return received a refund. The tax rate
remains the same for tax year 2016 as it was for 2015: 3.75%.
For the most up-to-date information, forms, schedules, and instructions for the
2016 tax year, please visit IDOR’s website at: tax.illinois.gov.
[Illinois Department of Revenue]