Here's How Illinois Residents Can Check Their Tax Refund Status

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Tax season is in full swing, and Illinois residents that have already filed their returns may be curious as to how they can check on the status of any potential refunds that they are set to receive.

If you have already filed your income tax returns, here is what you need to know:

State Refund Status

There are two different tools that Illinois residents are urged to use. First, the “Where’s My Refund” system checks to see whether the state’s Department of Revenue has initiated the refund process after going through a payer’s tax return.

If the IDOR has initiated the refund process, then taxpayers can visit the Illinois Comptroller’s website, which has a “Find Your Illinois Tax Refund” system in place.

Both tools require a taxpayer’s name, as well as their Social Security Number.

If there is a difference between the refund your return indicated that you were entitled to and the refund that was received, the state will send notice within 7-to-10 business days, according to the IDOR’s website.

These are some of the most common errors you should avoid when filing your taxes, according to experts and the IRS.

Federal Refund Status

Those needing to check the status of their federal refunds can do so via the IRS’ website. Taxpayers will need to input their Social Security Number or their taxpayer ID number, their filing status, and the exact amount of money they expect to receive from their refund.

Taxpayers are asked to wait for at least 24 hours if they’ve e-filed, and to wait four weeks before checking status if a paper return was submitted.

For those seeking refund status for previous years’ returns, taxpayers are asked to wait three-to-four days after e-filing.

Things to Keep in Mind:

The state says that refunds typically take longer now because of enhanced efforts to prevent identity theft and fraud.

Using direct deposit rather than a paper check can also expedite the refund process, according to officials.

When is the Tax Filing Deadline?

The deadline to file income tax returns this year is April 18, thanks to April 15 falling on a Saturday. April 17 is an observed holiday in Washington, D.C., meaning that the IRS has set the deadline for the following day.

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