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Illinois Leniency for Taxpayers in Tornado-affected Areas


The Illinois Department of Revenue “…will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the recent tornado.”

It is important for those taxpayers who are filing their sales and use tax returns late to not note that they “…should file or pay as soon as possible” according to the state. If the taxpayer files hard copy returns, then it is important that they write “'Tornado – Feburary 2012’ in red on the outside of their envelope and on top of the tax return.”

When filing, include a brief written description that explains why you could not file timely. For those who file electronically, notification should be sent via email to rev.tornadofeb2012 at Illinois.gov along with:

  • Name;
  • Account identification number;
  • Period that is affected;
  • Brief explanation why the return will be late; and
  • Estimate of when you believe you will file or pay.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”