How to File State and Federal Tax Returns in Illinois for Free when You Have No Income

Two Methods:Federal Tax ReturnState Tax Return

If you are a full-time student with no income, the following is how you as a student living in Illinois can successfully file your State and Federal tax return for free.

Method 1
Federal Tax Return

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    Go to http://turbotax.intuit.com/ and click the "Free Edition" tab furthest to the left to file for a 1040EZ return. It will take you through step-by-step through setting up your personal information. This part is not too hard, just follow the directions.
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    When you're done entering your personal information, you will be asked to start working on your W-2, but probably, you didn't have a W-2 because you had no income. Click "Enter W-2".
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    Now it's asking you for your Employer Identification No. but since you didn't work, you don't have one so click continue.
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    Now you have the W-2 screen opened. Enter what's applicable to you but most likely if you had 0 income, just skip this entire page by clicking Continue at the bottom.
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    "Your box 1 is empty"... that is correct, it sure is empty. Click Continue.
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    Step 5 can be the most annoying part. Once that's done, proceed through the process until you get to "State taxes".
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    When you get to "State taxes", click continue, then click "Skip State" because it costs money to file your state return.
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    Eventually you will get to a screen that asks you if you want to file both Federal and state returns... just select the bubble to file Federal only. If you did everything correctly and supplied all your information, your Federal return should have been submitted electronically successfully.

Method 2
State Tax Return

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    Now, you will file your state return for free in Illinois. Go to http://www.revenue.state.il.us/index.htm and click the button that says "Click here to file your IL-1040" on the bottom right of the page.
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    Enter and/or get your PIN. When you start the process and enter your social security number, it will ask for your "IL-PIN". If you know it, enter it, if not, click "Pin Inquiry", and supply the necessary information.
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    Write down your IL-PIN or copy the numbers into a word document temporarily, just for a precaution.
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    From here, the hard parts are over. Just follow the steps, leave everything blank, and at the very bottom will be a button that says Submit or File state return or something like that. It will re-confirm that your income is 0 and just keep clicking "accept."
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    Bam! State tax return filed.

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