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January 27, 2016
The Illinois Department of Revenue has announced that it will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay their taxes on time as a result of the December 2015 – January 2016 floods.
This waiver applies to taxpayers in the 23 disaster declared counties (Alexander, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Douglas, Iroquois, Jackson, Jersey, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, Richland, Sangamon, St. Clair, and Vermilion) for payments and returns due between December 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
Taxpayers who opt to mail their deferred returns and payments should write Flood – December 2015 on the outside of the envelope in red ink and on the top of each page of the tax filing, so the account can be updated and handled appropriately.
Filers using MyTax Illinois or electronic filing methods are instructed to refer to the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website: Tax.Illinois.Gov. For questions, the Illinois Department of Revenue has set up a mailbox dedicated to those impacted by the floods at: REV.DisasterRelief2015@illinois.gov.