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First Time Filers

Don't let filing taxes stress you out. With a few clicks, you could be minutes away from completing your Illinois tax return.

To file online, use a tax professional or tax preparation software. All you need is a valid Illinois driver’s license number or an Illinois identification card number.  

If you do not use one of these methods, you can download the tax return from our website and file a paper return.

Note: If this is the first year you are filing a Form IL-1040, your refund will be issued as a paper check.


Before You Begin

  • Complete your federal income tax return
  • Gather your W-2(s) and 1099(s)