Update: State Income Tax Refunds

Many Illinois individual income taxpayers pay their taxes on a schedule that includes a refund check at the end of the year. The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) announced this week that the current scheduled goal date for mailing out refund checks will be March 1, 2016. Refund check mailings are subject to ongoing Departmental due-diligence efforts aimed at combating tax fraud and identity theft.

The Department advises taxpayers to file their returns electronically rather than on paper. Taxpayers filing electronically may get their refunds in a more timely manner than paper filers. The Department has announced a goal of turning around refund payments on e-filings within a 2-to-3-week window for returns submitted after 3/1/16.