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Businesses and families affected by flooding to get tax relief

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Illinois businesses, families, and individuals who filed monthly, quarterly, or annual tax returns and were affected by flooding will now have until October 31 to file returns due on or after April 19.

Taxpayers who mail their deferred payments and returns should write "Flood—April 2013" on the outside of the envelope in red ink, as well as on the top of each page in the filing. Those who use My Tax Illinois or WebFile will receive instructions when they file to avoid late fees or penalties. Questions can be directed to REV.FloodApr2013@illinois.gov.

"While we encourage individuals and businesses to bring their tax filings up to date as soon as their lives return to normal, we hope this deferred payment option is helpful to Illinois families and businesses," Revenue Director Brian Hamer said.

A total of 44 counties have been declared state disaster areas, including DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Whiteside, and Winnebago. Representatives from FEMA, IEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and local emergency management agencies will start assessing damage to both homes and businesses on April 29.

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