Security measures at the Illinois Department of Revenue will mean you have to wait a little longer to get your state income tax refund. No refunds will be issued before March, as the Department cracks down on fraud and abuse. Spokesperson Terry Horstman says these efforts saved the state nearly five million dollars last year.
If you electronically submit your return before March 1st, you can expect your refund two to three weeks from that date. Returns filed after March 1st will be issued refunds two to three weeks after they are received by the state.