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Free Tax Seminars for Convenience Store Operators

April 20, 2015

Operating a business can be challenging, and convenience stores are no exception. Depending on the products and services offered, convenience stores and gas stations may be required to collect and remit many different types of taxes.

To alleviate confusion and help Hoosier businesses succeed, the Indiana Department of Revenue offers customized tax presentations covering a wide variety of topics.

With 24 planned presentations in 2015, the Convenience Store Tax Seminar is one of the department’s most popular seminars and covers the following tax topics:

  • Sales tax
  • Gasoline tax
  • Sales tax on special fuel
  • Food and beverage tax
  • Prepaid 911 fees
  • Business income tax
  • Individual income withholding
  • Remitting taxes
  • Audits

Click here to see a list of upcoming presentations. Don’t see a scheduled presentation in your area? Call 317-234-8587 or email to schedule a presentation near you.

What happens when you can't pay what you owe?

April 13, 2015

Sometimes you file your taxes and end up with a nice refund. Sometimes you owe money. Sometimes, you can’t pay the full amount you owe right away.

Even if you suspect you owe more than you have on hand, there are some steps you can take to continue moving forward.

First, file your tax return by April 15 to start the process and determine the exact amount you owe.

Next, pay the full amount that you owe if possible. If you cannot pay the full amount, pay as much as you can when you file the tax return. Penalty and interest will be added to the unpaid amount; the more you pay upfront, the less you’ll have to pay in penalty and interest. Within a few weeks, a bill will be issued for the remaining amount due.

Send in your return without payment if you do not have the funds to pay anything towards it. In a few weeks, a bill will be sent for the tax, plus penalty and interest on the full amount due.

After you get the bill, you can set up a payment plan online or by contacting us using the address and phone number on the back of the bill. If you owe more than $100 and can pay 20 percent down, you qualify for a payment plan. (Businesses will qualify if they owe more than $500 and can pay at least 20 percent down.) Once approved, payments can be made by mail or online.

Remember, the key to saving money when you owe tax is to pay as much as possible, as soon as you can.

If you still need to file, visit to see if you are eligible to file at no cost. The sooner you file, the sooner you can make a plan to stay ahead of tax payments.

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