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A Guide to Filing Your Illinois Taxes in 2023

Believe it or not, tax season has already started! The Illinois Department of Revenue is now accepting state individual income tax returns for 2022 as of Monday, January 23. This is the same date that the IRS begins accepting federal individual income tax returns. Are you ready to file? If you’re not sure what you need to bring or what you need to know, JLW Tax & Bookkeeping is here to help. Just follow our guide to filing your 2023 taxes in Illinois, and you should be prepared…and, hopefully, receive a satisfying refund.

Be Aware of Changes to Tax Laws

The American Rescue Plan, which was designed to help millions of Americans with their finances, was enacted into law on March 11, 2021. However, these tax benefits will either return to their pre-plan levels or expire. The plan featured a third round of stimulus assistance and enhanced tax benefits that families may claim on their 2021 taxes (the taxes filed in 2022). The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes new tax provisions, renewals, and expansions of tax advantages related to energy efficiency, healthcare, and corporate tax, was also signed into law by President Biden in August 2022. The majority of the Inflation Reduction Act’s provisions take into effect for the 2023 tax year, although some provisions may have an impact on your taxes for the 2022 tax year. If you have questions about what this means for you, our experts at JLW are the ones to ask.

When Can I File & What is the Deadline?

The IRS has declared January 23 as the date when everyone can start filing their taxes, so you can file yours today! The deadline for filing your 2022 taxes is midnight on April 18, 2023. There is a little extra time this year, as the typical date of April 15 falls on the weekend and the Emancipation Day Holiday in Washington DC will be celebrated on Monday, April 17. Therefore, the deadline this year is Tuesday, April 18. You can always file for an extension if you need more time, but don’t hesitate to get your schedule and paperwork in order. Contact our team at JLW today to get the process started now!

Where Can I Find Professional Tax Preparation Services?

If you don’t want to file your taxes yourself, it is always a good idea to consult with professionals whose job it is to file taxes correctly. If you live in the Springfield, IL, area, we recommend contacting our professionals at JLW Tax & Bookkeeping Services. Our experts keep up with the changing tax laws and have been providing reliable tax preparation assistance to our valued clients for over 30 years. We guarantee you’ll have a thoroughly complete and accurate tax return when you enlist our services.

Come with Your Questions and Tax Forms

Get the tax documents you need from your workplace and bring them with you when you consult with our team. Bring any other relevant documents you think you may need from other short-term jobs or charitable donations. Feel free to make a list of questions, and we will answer them all. Our staff is highly trained in tax intricacies so we’ll make sure nothing gets overlooked so we can secure the highest tax refund possible for you. Going through our team at JLW Tax & Bookkeeping Services will save you time and alleviate the stress you feel when filing taxes. Let our professionals handle it for you.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today at 217.679.1872.

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