SPRINGFIELD — Illinois taxpayers have a few more options to take into consideration this tax season.
The Illinois Department of Revenue began accepting and processing tax returns filed electronically Wednesday after delaying the start of the filing season by a month because of tax changes related to the federal debate over the fiscal cliff.
As a way of eliminating check cashing fees for people without standard checking or savings accounts, taxpayers also can choose to receive their Illinois refund on a debit card, if they use the agency’s free online filing system, WebFile.
“By filing their tax return electronically rather than mailing in a paper return, taxpayers can ensure that their refunds are issued as quickly as possible,” Brian Hamer, Illinois Department of Revenue director, said in a prepared statement. “Last year, almost 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically.”
For state taxes filed electronically, math errors can be caught before returns are filed, and signatures can be affixed electronically.
Additionally, electronic tax returns are processed quickly, with direct deposit refunds generally paid in about a week.
Taxpayers can also file electronically, either through paid tax preparers or software designed for 2012 tax year filings.
Low-income taxpayers and seniors can also seek assistance from a statewide list of volunteer tax professionals.
“The State of Illinois works with non-profit agencies to help low-income and senior filers so they can file early and get the biggest refunds to which they are entitled,” Hamer said.
For more information, visit tax.illinois.gov.