Election-year tax refunds to Illinois taxpayers ahead of election | Granite City News






Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza


Illinois income and property taxpayers can expect to start seeing state refund checks in the second week of September, just before the November election.

Illinois lawmakers approved rebates as part of the budget that began July 1. Individual income tax filers will receive $50 each and $100 per dependent up to three. Property taxpayers will receive up to an additional $300, depending on the value of their home.

Managing payments is Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

“I expect that by the week of September 12, my office will be ready to begin granting these discounts,” Mendoza told WMAY.

Mendoza said taxpayers just had to sit down.

“Most people have already filed their tax returns and so if you did and you had to pay or you got money back, it doesn’t matter, everyone will benefit from it. ‘a tax refund,’ she said.

There is an income threshold of $200,000 for individuals and $400,000 for couples filing a joint refund claim.

Payment will be made electronically or by check, depending on how the individual deposited.

Only those who have paid property taxes will benefit from the property tax refund.

“If you’re a tenant, that wouldn’t apply to you,” Mendoza said. “But if you own a property and you’ve paid property taxes on it, there’s an additional refund that will come with that.”

All refunds to which a taxpayer is entitled will be combined.

“We’re going to combine the two into one check,” Mendoza said. “That’s what I think we’re going to do because I like to save money wherever I can, even if it means two payments in one check.”

While Republicans mostly supported Statehouse tax refunds in April, they called it an election-year gimmick and called for permanent, not one-time tax relief.

Mendoza is set to face Republican comptroller candidate Shannon Teresi in November. Libertarian Comptroller candidate Deirdre McCloskey has filed an application to also be on the November ballot.

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