Illinois taxpayers now have more access to information about the money they’re turning over to the state.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has unveiled a new Tax Return Alert system. Taxpayers can sign up through the comptroller’s office website, and can then check on the status of their refund check… or get an email or text notification when the money is sent to the bank. [Topinka will talk about the program more during a live interview Tuesday morning on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show."]
Meanwhile, Topinka’s opponent in the comptroller’s race, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, is announcing her own innovation… a tax “receipt” that breaks down where state tax dollars are sent. For example, it shows that around 24% of tax dollars go to education, and almost 15% to pensions. Electronic tax filers will receive a link to view the receipt.