Victims of last summer's flooding could get some financial help.
The Stephenson County emergency management agency is making sure residents and businesses are aware of a tax credit available to those impacted by 2017 floods. If you qualify you will receive a natural disaster credit certificate that can be filed with this year's income tax return.
Stephenson county residents seeking the certification will need to take receipts and proof of damage to the county assessor's office. That's located at 50 west Douglas in Freeport.
Tax season is quickly approaching. The IRS announced today which means taxpayers can officially file tax returns on January 29th.
That means refunds won't be available until late February. And you will have two extra days this year to file. April 17th is the Official deadline since April 15th Falls on a Sunday.
Nearly 155 million tax returns are expected this year. The IRS also strongly encourages people to file their returns electronically for faster refunds.