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Security measures will delay state income tax refunds

Posted by wlpo on January 5, 2016

If you rely on tax return money to pay bills or buy new stuff, keep in mind your state return won’t show up in your bank account until March.

The Illinois Department of Revenue is intentionally delaying returns so they can try and fight tax return fraud and identity theft. The director of the DOR says “by delaying tax refunds by just a few weeks, we’ll be able to better detect attempts at identity theft and ensure refunds don’t fall needlessly into the hands of criminals”.

If you file your tax return electronically before March 1st, you can expect your state return within two to three weeks after March 1st. Despite what you may assume, the state budget impasse does not impact state tax returns.

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