State tax filing starts

By Alex Davis |

Published 02/03 2014 03:48PM

Updated 02/03 2014 06:28PM

Update: 5:57 pm, 2/3/14, Monday
ILLINOIS -- Online tax filers will get a chance to see where their tax dollars are going this year. A new tax transparency tool, put out by the U.S. Department of Revenue, will give receipts to filers. It will show a breakdown of how money is being spent.

Taxpayers will just need to enter the amount of state income taxes they paid, then a calculator will estimate how it's divvied up among education, public safety and other general revenue. Nearly 500,000 tax returns were e-filed on the departments website last year.
Original: 10:05 pm, 1/31/14, Friday
ILLINOIS -- If you're an early bird, here's news for you. You can start e-filing your state taxes. Last year, 80% of people filed their taxes electronically. Most people will get their refunds via direct deposit in about a week.

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