Federal Tax FAQs

Where's My Federal Refund?

Please allow 3-5 weeks to receive your federal refund. Create an account on IRS.GOV or download the mobile app to track real-time status.

How do I make an individual federal tax payment?

Pay your Individual Taxes Online, or setup a Payment Plan.

How do I request an IRS transcript?

Need information from your W-2, 1099, 1098, Form 5498, IRA Contributions, Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ?

How can I check my balance and payment history with the IRS?

To view your IRS payoff amount, balance for each tax year owed, 24-month payment history, and other key information from your current tax year (as originally filed):

What happens if I receive a tax notice after filing my return?

We include Protection Plus $ 1 Million Tax Audit Defense and identity theft restoration services with all of our 1040 tax returns. If you receive a tax notice, inquiry, or audit after filing your return with us, give us a call and our team of audit defense experts at Protection Plus will take care of the rest at no cost to you. From communicating with the IRS to organizing documents to present as evidence, we’ll handle the entire process until we reach a resolution.

Illinois State Tax FAQs

Where's My Illinois Refund?

Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your Illinois State Tax Refund. Create an ILLINOIS.GOV account to track status below.

How do I make an individual state of IL tax payment?

Where do I pay to file an annual report and certificate of good standing in Illinois?

Go to the IL Secretary of State website and search for your business name.

In the unlikely event you receive a tax notice, we have an entire audit defense department ready and available to help. We partner with Protection Plus $1 Million Tax Audit Defense so that we can work towards a favorable resolution in every situation our clients might face. All taxpayers that file their individual tax return with us have complete access to our expert tax audit defense team.

How it Works

Tax notice? Identity theft? Don't worry! We provide $1 Million Tax Audit Defense™ + Identity Theft Restoration services through our exclusive partnership with Protection Plus.

All taxpayers that file their individual tax return with us have complete access to our expert tax audit defense team. In the unlikely event you receive a tax notice from the IRS or State, our Protection Plus audit defense team will provide up to $1,000,000 in services to find a resolution.

In addition, Protection Plus will assist with recovering your identity after an identity theft incident. After notification of an identity theft incident, you will be assigned a Privacy Advocate who will assess the severity of the situation and take immediate action to begin the identity restoration process.


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Who We Serve


We offer a comprehensive range of accounting services, including tax planning and preparation, payroll, personalized solutions and strategies to leave you empowered to take charge of your financial future.

Our industry-specific tax and accounting professionals are here to confidently guide you through the complexities and opportunities in these industries:

Automotive & Manufacturing


Who We Serve

Automotive & Manufacturing


  • Alignment, Auto & Repairs
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Foreign Auto Repair Shop
  • Transmission Shop


  • CNC Maintenance & Repair
  • CNC Milling
  • Cylinder Manufacturer
  • Tool & Die Manufacturer

Professional Contracting & Services


Who We Serve

Professional Contracting & Services


  • Residential & Commercial Builders
  • Concrete
  • Excavating (Union)
  • Flooring
  • General Maintenance & Repair
  • Heating & AC
  • Kitchen & Bath Designers
  • Landscaping
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  • Plumbing
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  • Tree Removal
  • Window Cleaning

Professional Services

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Real Estate Developers

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  • Single-Family Home landlords

Retail & Service


Who We Serve

Service & Retail


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  • Multi level Marketing
  • Performing Arts & Theatrical Director
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  • Trucking (Over the road & Local)


  • Brewery & Distributor
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  • Jewelry Store


  • Restaurants
  • Sales Representatives (Multiple Business Industries)
  • Scrap Businesses

Tax Updates

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You may have seen those fun Danny DeVito ads showing us how easy it is to snap and save your paper receipts into your QuickBooks, but how easy is it really? Well, that depends if you have QuickBooks Online, or QuickBooks Desktop. QuickBooks Online Receipt management is an intuitive feature of QuickBooks Online. Here's a […]

Adjusted Operations at BDE

Thank you to all of our clients for being patient as we educate ourselves on the rapid changes occurring at federal, state and local levels. BDE Tax prioritizes the health of our employees and clients above all else, so we have made adjustments to our operating procedures to account for these priorities. These precautionary safety […]

State & Federal Financial Support for Individuals & Small Businesses

The latest version of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)) passed Friday, 27 March, 2020 resulting in a number of financial support options our federal government is providing for individuals and small business owners. The State of Illinois government is also providing economic assistance. If you still […]

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