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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. 

Where the Bang for Your Buck Goes - Fireworks and Firefighting

July 1, 2020

Independence Day is just a few days away which means celebrations and fireworks. Did you know that purchasing fireworks in Indiana helps fund firefighter training and disaster relief throughout the state? Let’s learn more about how that works.

Since 2006, DOR has collected the Fireworks Public Safety Fee, a 5% tax on fireworks sold for retail use. Last year, DOR collected $2.6 million in fees from firework vendors and retail stores. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security oversees the funds.

Before the fee was instituted, local taxpayers and the firefighters themselves paid for the equipment and classes they needed to protect Hoosiers. The money collected from this fee helps pay for instructors, specialized classes such as swift water rescue training and for equipment such as saws, hoses and simulators.

So what is taxed? Any items detonated or burned to produce a visible or audible effect are considered fireworks. These items may include:

  • Firecrackers
  • Roman candles
  • Missile-type rockets
  • Wire sparklers

The Fireworks Public Safety Fee is in addition to Indiana's 7% state sales tax.

For more information about the Fireworks Public Safety Fee, please visit DOR’s website.

Stay safe with fireworks tips from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.


Watch DOR's Annual Public Hearing this Friday

June 24, 2020

Would you like to know more about the future of the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR)? Do you have a suggestion that will help further our mission to be the best tax agency in the country?

If so, you’ll want to join us for this year’s annual public hearing on June 26, 2020, at 10 a.m. EST.

Information on attending in person and a link to watch online is in the annual public hearing section on DOR’s website.

Customers attending in-person or watching online may submit comments to DOR prior to the meeting by emailing media@dor.in.gov. All comments will be read aloud and included in the meeting minutes posted online after the hearing.

Customers wishing to attend in-person and speak during the hearing need to email media@dor.in.gov to RSVP and reserve a speaker slot.

DOR will post a complete video of the hearing along with meeting minutes for any customers who were not able to attend in-person or watch live. Keep an eye on our social media accounts to know when the information is available.

Don’t forget you can give us feedback any time through our Customer Feedback Portal.

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