The tax season is open and the Illinois Department of Revenue announced Wednesday it will
start accepting and processing tax returns filed electronically. Once their federal tax returns
have been completed, Illinois taxpayers have several options for filing their state returns.
WebFile, the Illinois Department of Revenue's online filing system at tax.illinois.gov, walks
taxpayers through all of their options for credits and deductions and is available free to all Illinois
tax filers. Taxpayers may also file electronically, either through paid tax preparers or software
designed for 2012 tax year filings. Low income taxpayers and seniors may also seek
assistance from a statewide list of volunteer tax professionals. Finally, taxpayers may download
the forms they need, fill them out and mail them to the department through the U S Postal Service.
State taxes filed electronically are processed quickly and direct deposit refunds are generally
paid in about a week. Starting this year, taxpayers who use WebFile may instead opt to receive
their Illinois refund on a debit card that eliminates check cashing fees for people without
standard checking or savings accounts.