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Tharp: Direct tax relief coming soon

State Senator Kris Tharp is reminding Illinois taxpayers that they can expect to see up to $700 in tax rebates in the coming weeks thanks to the Illinois Family Relief Plan.

“It is becoming harder for families to budget accordingly with increasing prices, especially following years of pandemic-related financial stressors,” said Tharp (D-Bethalto). “Direct relief is coming soon to millions of hardworking Illinois who deserve to know we are looking out for them.”

The Illinois Senate championed Senate Bill 157, which provides millions of Illinois taxpayers with financial relief – including direct tax rebates.

Under the law, people who filed 2021 Illinois taxes are eligible to receive up to $700. Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three.

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointing – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate starting this week – otherwise they have until Oct. 17 to do so.

“This relief will help families buy groceries, school supplies, or treat themselves after years of feeling cash-strapped,” said Tharp. “If you choose to use your rebate for leisure, I encourage you to shop local.”

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see qualification criteria, people can visit tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

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