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November 2013 - Severe Storm Affected Taxpayers

The Department of Revenue will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of mid-November’s violent storms and tornadoes.

This waiver applies to affected taxpayers for the period of November 15, 2013 through May 31, 2014, including monthly and quarterly returns and payments that would have been due during that time period, including estimated and accelerated payments. Taxes affected include individual income tax, business income tax, withholding taxes, sales and use, motor fuel and excise taxes, bingo and pull tabs.

IFTA filers impacted by the storms can delay filing and paying their taxes for the fourth quarter of 2013 (Oct. – Dec. 2013, due Jan. 31, 2014) and the first quarter of 2014 (Jan. – March 2014, due April 30, 2014).

Other bill payments due during these months will be handled on a case by case basis with reasonable cause.

Governor Pat Quinn has declared 15 counties state disaster areas, including Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will, and Woodford.

Taxpayers should file or pay as soon as possible. When they do so, they should write “Tornado – November 2013” in red on the outside of their envelope and on the top of the tax return. Taxpayers should include with the return a brief written explanation of why they could not file timely.

MyTax Illinois filers – to quickly and easily claim disaster relief through MyTax Illinois, log in to your MyTax Illinois account, navigate to the account you wish to claim disaster relief for, and click “Claim Disaster Relief” under “Account Maintenance” in the left sidebar.

Complete the online disaster relief claim request and submit it. If you wish to claim disaster relief for multiple tax types or disasters, you must complete a separate request for each tax type or disaster.

IFTA filers – notify the department by email at Affected taxpayers should include their name, account identification number, period that is affected, and a brief explanation of why they will be late, along with an estimate of when they believe they can file or pay.