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Illinois: Extended Tax Filing Deadline for Tornado Victims


 Chicago skyline, November 17, 2013.

Nature can be ruthless, as evidenced by the 24 tornadoes that struck 15 Illinois counties on November 17, 2013.

Illinois Governor Quinn is committed to rebuilding the communities impacted by the storms, which are:

  • Champaign County,
  • Douglas County,
  • Fayette County,
  • Grundy County,
  • Jasper County,
  • LaSalle County,
  • Massac County,
  • Pope County,
  • Tazewell County,
  • Vermilion County,
  • Wabash County,
  • Washington County,
  • Wayne County,
  • Will County and
  • Woodford County.

Part of that means allowing time for both individuals and businesses to “get back on their feet.”

According to a Governor’s Office press release, “[R]esidents affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes will now have until May 31, 2014 to file any tax returns due on or after Nov. 15.” The governor hopes this will allow communities to “focus on recovery—not deadlines….”

Still, taxpayers are encouraged to “file or pay as soon as possible.” Paper filers should write in red pen, “Tornado—November 2013” on the top of the tax return and on the outside of the envelope. Electronic filers who use MyTax Illinois should look for the Claim Disaster Relief tab under Account Maintenance. Electronic filers who do not use MyTax Illinois should notify the department by email at REV.TornadoNov2013@illinois.gov.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to victims of the tornadoes.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.