Don’t blame it on the budget impasse, blame it on anti-fraud efforts. It may take a bit longer for taxpayers to get a tax refund from the state this year because of fraud prevention measures announced by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

A statement from IDOR says the delay of a few weeks after March 1st will help provide additional scrutiny in combating tax return fraud and identity theft.

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IDOR Director Connie Beard said in a statement fraud prevention measures implemented last year resulted in an overall savings of nearly $5 million that would have, otherwise, been paid. IDOR says tax refunds are not subject to budgetary appropriation by the Illinois General Assembly and are, therefore, not impacted by the current budget impasse.


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