In advance of the April 15 deadline for individuals to file their 2016 income taxes, state Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, is encouraging taxpayers to use resources provided by the state to assist with processing returns and tracking refunds.
“Tax season can be a time of considerable frustration, but there are resources to help,” Franks said. “Paying unnecessary fees to file your tax returns should not add to the stress.”
Illinois residents and businesses can file their state tax returns online by visiting tax.illinois.gov and following the links that correspond to their filing status. This service is provided free by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). After filing, taxpayers can determine the status of their return by visiting myrefund.illinoiscomptroller.com and can sign up to receive text message or email notification when their refund has been processed.
“Services and software which advertise free federal tax return filing often then charge taxpayers a significant fee to file their state return,” Franks continued. “With these resources available, Illinois residents and business owners can skip the surcharge and pay their state taxes as painlessly as possible.”