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State income tax return filing begins Jan. 28

Direct deposit refunds usually take about 4 weeks

The Illinois Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2018 state individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 28, the same date the IRS begins accepting federal individual income tax returns.

The Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers 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.

The department's focus on identity theft and fraud prevention resulted in the prevention of more than $66 million in refund fraud in 2018, according to a press release issued by the agency. The department will work with the IRS and other states to strengthen protections for taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft.

As a part of the department's ongoing fraud prevention efforts, taxpayers who receive an identity verification letter may now authenticate electronically through the department's free online account management program, MyTax Illinois. In the past, identity authentication required written documentation sent via paper mail, creating a time-consuming process for the taxpayer and Illinois Department of Revenue.

MyTax Illinois will begin accepting individual income tax returns Jan. 28. Taxpayers can file their Forms 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 refunds using the Where’s My Refund? link, and look up their IL-PINs, amounts of any estimated tax payments they have made, and (when necessary) amounts reported on Form1099-G.

The department anticipates direct deposit refunds will be issued approximately four weeks from the time an error-free electronically-filed return is submitted.

For the most up-to-date information, forms, schedules and instructions for the 2018 tax year, go to Illinois Department of Revenue's website at:

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