The Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue began accepting 2017 individual tax returns Jan. 29. Groups around the state and nation are participating in a program to provide free help to those who qualify.

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Caterpillar says it believes that a search warrant executed by federal authorities on Thursday at its facilities concerns "export filings" related to its Switzerland subsidiary CSARL.

Federal officials executed search warrants at several offices of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, East Peoria and Morton. People wearing navy blue jackets labeled IRS and Federal Agents carried boxes out of the headquarters building.

Illinois Attorney General Says Tax Scams Are On The Rise

Dec 12, 2016
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Various tax scams happen year-round through phone and other platforms.

The IRS says typical con artists call using fake names and invalid identification numbers.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says scammers often alter caller IDs to make it look like the IRS is calling.

“And, for many people, they can’t tell that it’s not legitimate because the number and the name that come up on their caller ID appears to be from the IRS or the treasury department," she says. "Often, it’s with the 202 area code, which is the Washington, D.C. area code.”

Bustos Calls For Independent IRS Probe

May 15, 2013

A northern Illinois Democrat has joined the chorus of lawmakers demanding an independent investigation of the IRS. The agency has come under fire after acknowledging it targeted conservative groups. The Justice Department says it is looking into the matter. But 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says an independent probe is needed to avoid political gamesmanship.