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Ill. Dept. of Revenue accepting electronic returns

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 8:34 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Revenue has started 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 say 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically. Many received funds through direct deposit within a week's time.

Department Director Brian Hamer is urging senior citizens and low income families to ask non-profit agencies for help in filing returns. He says that available tax credits are sometimes overlooked.

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