(WSIL) — Governor JB Pritzker is extending Illinois' income tax return deadline to July 15. That matches the extension announced last week by the federal government.
Originally, residents and businesses had to have their returns filed by April 15.
Gov. Pritzker, along with President Trump, says the current COVID-19 pandemic is creating hardships, which is why the extension is needed.
"I applaud the Governor for recognizing that many Illinois residents are facing serious economic hardships during this time and taking action to extend the state's income tax deadline to provide a small measure of relief to Illinois taxpayers," said State Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg.
“Postponing the state tax filing deadline will be a challenge to the state and our office’s cash-management duties, but it is a responsibility we are prepared to meet. Over the last three years, the Illinois Office of Comptroller has proven itself to be well-experienced in managing fiscal crises, and we are prepared for the demanding times ahead," added Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza.
The governor's office says the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will continue to process tax refunds for those filing ahead of the new deadline.
According to IDOR, 3.4 million Illinoisans have already filed their income taxes.