Tax Amnesty Program Created to Recover Outstanding Taxes

A program seeking to recover millions in unpaid state taxes is good news for delinquent taxpayers looking to make good with the state. The Illinois Department of Revenue recently announced a tax amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers.

Beginning October 1, individuals with unpaid tax liabilities from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2018 may be eligible for the one-time amnesty. Taxpayers have until November 15, 2019 to make full payments on their outstanding tax debt without penalties.

Taxpayers who did not file their state taxes during the original filing period will be required to file an original return in addition to paying the full tax due. Residents will also have the opportunity to report changes to previously filed returns by submitting an amended return and paying the tax debt in full.

The amnesty program was proposed earlier this year to recover the estimated $175 million in outstanding taxes owed to the state. For more information on the program, visit the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Tax Amnesty website located at

Steve McClure

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