Do more with your tax refund this year.

Thinking about what you can do with your tax refund is almost as fun as getting your tax refund. But when it's all said and done, your return can bring potential life long returns for that aspiring college graduate in your life by depositing your tax refund into your Bright Start College Savings Account.

We've created three easy ways to consider putting your tax refund to work.

You can make an electronic contribution from your bank account.


Consider making a direct deposit into your account on your IRS Form 8888 or in step 11 of your IL-1040 just:

  • Enter the Bright Start routing number: 101000695
  • Check the "Savings" box
  • Enter "1111514" plus your ten digit Bright Start account number

Do it the old-fashioned way, and mail a check made out to Bright Start Savings Program.

Bright Start College
savings program
P.O. Box 5288
Denver, CO 80217

However you decide to make your contribution, today may be a good day to do it. And since your Illinois contributions are tax deductible - up to $10,000 per parent, per year ($20,000 if married and filing jointly1), you can help yourself out next tax season while you save for a brighter future for your loved one.

1. Based on informal guidance from the Illinois Department of Revenue that is not binding on the Department. Tax Deduction limits apply to the total, combined Contributions to the Advisor-sold Plan, the Bright Start College Savings Program-Direct-sold Plan, the Bright Directions College Savings Program and to College Illinois! during that tax year.

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