Illinois Debuts Portal to Streamline Local Tax Services

The new tool will provide a monthly look at tax allocation information, while improving the communication between the state Department of Revenue and local government entities, officials say.

by Patrick Groves / June 4, 2019
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Illinois launched an online portal today to ease county and city governments’ access to financial information.

The service, named MyLocalTax, provides a monthly look at financial tax allocation information, streamlines business tax data verification process and facilitates communication between the Department of Revenue [IDOR] and local governments. One benefit of the centralized portal is that it frees up IDOR staff to help counties and cities address other pressing issues, according to a press release announcing the launch.

Director David Harris made the announcement during a department-held workshop for county and city officials in Naperville, Ill. Harris said the goals of MyLocalTax are to increase efficiencies and provide citizens with a better service.

“MyLocalTax puts local officials back in control by streaming operations and increasing information-sharing,” Harris said. “Gov. Pritzker challenged us to reimage service using technology and innovation, and I am very pleased to say that this is a major step by the Department of Revenue toward that goal.”

MyLocalTax will allow IDOR staff more time to solve problems affecting money allocation to local governments, said Brenda Towers, program administrator for Taxpayer Services at IDOR, in the release.

MyLocalTax is the latest IDOR initiative aiming to improve its operations while ensuring taxpayer funds are secure, the release states. Last year, IDOR deployed a mobile-friendly website for businesses, tax professionals and the public.