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Tax Talk is a weekly blog published each Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) that discusses tax tips, DOR programs, and helpful information for tax preparers. During tax season blogs are posted on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Act Quickly to Avoid Late Fees or Penalties!

July 15, 2020

Today is your final day to submit your individual income tax return. If you’re running late, you can file for extension, but you need to act fast!

You need to file for an extension if you cannot submit your individual tax return today. It doesn’t matter if you owe taxes, are due a refund or you are breaking even. Indiana’s extension of time to file pushes back the filing date to November 16, 2020.

If you file for a federal extension of time to file with the IRS, you will automatically receive the state extension of time to file.

If you do not have a federal extension, you need to file Form IT-9 by today.

Just know, getting an extension gives you more time to file, but not more time to pay. If you owe money, interest will start accruing during this period. You also potentially open yourself up to a penalty. No penalty will be assessed if you have:

  • Paid 90% of the tax you expect to owe by July 15, 2020,
  • Filed your tax return by Nov. 16, 2020, and
  • Paid any remaining amount due (including interest) with that filing.

Military members on active duty have certain privileges when it comes to the filing deadline.

If you have questions, contact our customer service team for assistance. Our team is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST at (317) 232-2240. Or you can visit one of our district offices to talk to a member of our customer service team.

 

2020 Tax Season Closes Soon

July 8, 2020

We are down to a matter of days to file your individual income taxes. With the July 15 deadline looming, DOR wants to make sure you have all the information you need to file on time to avoid late fees or penalties.

Don’t fret, you still have time to file your state and federal taxes, both electronically and by mail. If you’re mailing in your tax return, it must be postmarked by July 15 to be considered on time.

If you’re wanting to file electronically, the tax return is considered on time as long as you submit before July 16. There are also more benefits to filing electronically.

  1. Faster refunds -- If you qualify for a refund, electronically-submitted returns are generally processed faster than paper-filed returns (less than two weeks). Some returns may take longer due to factors like return errors or incomplete information.
  2. Get more or pay less -- E-filing software may suggest addbacks, credits or deductions you may not have known about.
  3. Better accuracy -- Electronically-filed returns have lower error-rate than paper-filed returns. Paper returns have an error rate of around 20%. By contrast, electronic returns have just a 2% error rate.
  4. It’s convenient -- You can file online 24/7.

If you’re not sure where to start to file your taxes online, check out the INfreefile program. You may qualify to file your taxes for free! More than 2 million Hoosier taxpayers will qualify for INfreefile, so make sure you’re not missing your chance to save money.

If you think you won’t make the deadline, you need to consider filing for an extension today.

As always, DOR’s team is here to help! Contact DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST. if you have any questions about your individual return or filing your taxes.

 

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