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The state of Illinois will start accepting income returns for 2017 on Monday, the same day the federal government begins accepting returns.

Posted: Jan. 27, 2018 11:54 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois will start accepting income returns for 2017 on Monday, the same day the federal government begins accepting returns.

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The Illinois Department of Revenue says the fastest and most secure way to receive tax refunds is to file taxes electronically and request direct deposit into a checking or savings account.

Agency director Connie Beard says the department's fraud prevention efforts have resulted in more than $31 million in savings last year. She says that's a 52 percent increase from 2016.

The department anticipates direct deposit refunds to be issued four weeks from the time error-free electronically filed returns are submitted. State officials say 84 percent of Illinois returns were filed electronically last year. Illinois' free online tax account management program is called MyTax Illinois .

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