Illinois Tax Amnesty Program Underway

Illinois’ tax amnesty program began 1 October and waives penalties and interest for certain taxpayers who pay their outstanding liabilities in full by 11 November.

The Illinois Department of Revenue (DOR) has announced a tax amnesty program that will run from October 1 through November 15, 2019.   The program is for Illinois taxpayers who incurred tax liabilities between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2018.

Taxpayers who come forward and pay their outstanding tax liabilities in full will have any penalties and interest waived. The state estimates that the program will recover up to $175 million in back taxes.

Taxpayers must pay all outstanding liabilities in order to receive the penalty and interest waivers.  If the taxpayer did not file a return during the original filing period, the taxpayer will also need to file such a return.  Taxpayers are also able to make changes to previously filed returns by filing an amended return along with full payment of back taxes. 

The program covers almost all types of state taxes, but does not include taxes the DOR does not administer, such as local property taxes. 

The DOR will mail notices to some eligible taxpayers with instructions on how to pay. Taxpayers who do not receive a notice are advised to visit the DOR’s tax amnesty page at tax.illinois.gov.

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How This Will Impact Mobility

Illinois transferees who have unpaid taxes are given a chance to pay them without incurring any penalties or interest, as are Worldwide ERC® member companies located in Illinois.

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