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Government State

Ill. Dept. of Revenue now taking electronic returns

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue is accepting electronic tax returns.

Illinois taxpayers can use the state Department of Revenue’s free online filing system once they submit their federal tax returns. Saturday was the first day Illinois residents could do so.

They can also file electronically through tax preparers or software designed for 2013 tax year filings. Last year, department officials said 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically. Many received funds through direct deposit within a week’s time.

Department Director Brian Hamer urged senior citizens and low income families to ask nonprofit agencies for help in filing returns. He said that available tax credits are sometimes overlooked.

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