The Illinois Department of Revenue recently announced that they do not anticipate releasing individual income tax refunds for the 2016 season until March 1st of this year. The Department cites fraud prevention as the main factor for this delay, and say that increased scrutiny and additional delays have had a positive impact in combating tax fraud and identity theft. The Department of Revenue says that filing your taxes electronically, and directing the funds through a direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund. Electronic returns filed before March 1st are anticipated to be issued within two to three weeks after March 1st. For error-free submissions after that date, anticipated refund dates should be two to three weeks from the date of submission.