This year Illinois is taking longer to process returns and refunds to protect taxpayers from identity theft and fraud. However, checking the status of your Illinois personal income tax refund is easy.
How to check your refund status
Like the IRS, Illinois allows you to check the status of your refund on its website. You need to enter your Social Security Number plus your first and last name to see your refund status.
The website for the Illinois Department of Revenue is where you can find your Illinois tax refund status. The system updates each business day. Although the system won’t provide an exact date you will receive your refund, it will provide a date range.
Was your refund less than you expected?
Your refund may be less than you expected because you made an error on your tax return. The Department of Revenue will notify you of the changes made to your return. Review the information provided to ensure you agree with the changes made.
Part of your refund may have been offset to pay a liability you had with the IRS, Illinois Department of Revenue, or any other state, federal or local governmental agency. That may include a school district, public institution of higher education, or circuit court clerk.
Do you owe income tax in Illinois?
If you are a nonresident of Illinois but earned income in Illinois, you need to file Schedule NR of Form IL-1040. You must file the Schedule NR if you were a part-time resident of Illinois.
Refund Status Website: https://myrefund.illinoiscomptroller.com/
Refund Status Phone Support: Individual Returns: 800 732-8866
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
General Illinois Tax Information: 1-800-877-8078
Online Contact Form: http://www.revenue.state.il.us/AboutIdor/ContactUs.htm
2019 Illinois Filing Deadline: April 15, 2020
Note: It can take up to 15 weeks to receive your refund if you file a paper return. If you e-file your return and choose to have your refund direct deposited into your bank account, it should arrive sooner.
Illinois State Income Tax Brackets
Illinois has a flat-rate income tax for its residents. Beginning July 1, 2017, the IL state tax rate increased to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent in 2016. Since it is a flat rate, it applies to all types of taxpayers. The blended tax rate for 2017 is 4.3549 percent. Take a look at the table below for a better understanding.
|Filing Status||Tax Rate|
|Single and married filing separately||4.3549%|
|Married filing jointly||4.3549%|
|Head of household||4.3549%|