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Increased Security Features Continue in 2015

Jan 15, 2015

We spend so much of our lives trying to develop our identities—our likes, goals and who we want to be. Unfortunately, identity theft criminals spend a lot of time trying to find our identities too! This became evident when the Indiana Department of Revenue’s identity protection program stopped more than $88 million that identity theft criminals tried to steal from Hoosier taxpayers and the state of Indiana through fraudulent refunds.

The department again will implement an identity protection program for the 2015 tax season to continue protecting taxpayer identities. This program will look similar to the security measures implemented last year, including the Identity Confirmation Quiz, a two-minute quiz asking some taxpayers to verify their identities. In 2014, only 5 percent of taxpayers were asked to complete the quiz, and the department expects a similar amount in 2015.

Though the department is proactively protecting taxpayer identities, Hoosiers should still be cautious when managing their and their families’ personal information. As W-2 forms, bank account summaries and other tax-related documents are gathered in preparation for the upcoming tax season, taxpayers should take care in storing these sensitive documents in secure locations.

The need for continued identity protection is demonstrated by the 2014 identity protection program. The extent of 2014’s stopped identity theft includes:

  • $88 million in tax refunds from stolen or manufactured identities stopped (out of $800 million in total requested refunds);
  • 74,000 fraudulent returns identified (out of 2.2 million total returns requesting refunds);
  • 3.5 percent of all tax returns were fraudulent.

In thousands of cases, the increased security features helped taxpayers from Indiana and other states realize their identities had been stolen and used to file for an Indiana tax refund.

Hoosiers with questions about protecting their identities can visit the department’s Stop ID Theft website at www.in.gov/dor/4794.htm for answers to frequently asked questions, identity protection tips, a video and additional resources. Hoosiers can also sign up for the Attorney General’s ID Theft Protection Tool Kit at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2853.htm.


Tax Season Opening Soon

Jan. 5, 2015

It’s almost here! As the torrent of tax preparation ads have already begun to reminded us, tax season is just a couple of weeks away. Beginning Jan. 20, 2015, the Indiana Department of Revenue (and IRS) will open the 2015 tax filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns. Here is some important (and money-saving) information to remember this tax season.

INfreefile
Qualified taxpayers will be able to use a free filing service called Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file both their federal AND state taxes online. Last year, more than 119,000 taxpayers used INfreefile to file their Indiana taxes. However, nearly 1 million Hoosier taxpayers qualify to file taxes for free through INfreefile, due to criteria such as having an AGI of $60,000 or less, claiming the earned income credit, etc.

Taxpayers should visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to see if they qualify for INfreefile based on the vendors’ options. If qualified, taxpayers simply click the vendor of their choice and complete their tax returns online. It’s that simple!

By choosing to file electronically you get:

  • Faster refunds – e-filed returns are processed in 10 to 14 days, while a paper return can take up to 10 to12 weeks.
  • Increased security – fewer people see your information.
  • Get more or owe less – e-filing software may suggest credits and deductions you might not have known about.
  • Better accuracy – electronic returns have a 2 percent error rate versus 20 percent for tax returns filed on paper.

The department is here to help during tax season. If you have any questions regarding your individual income tax return, contact the department at (317) 232-2240 or visit www.in.gov/dor/3392.htm. Also, you can access us via email. Visit our Contact Us webpage at www.in.gov/dor/3325.htm for the email address, and additional phone numbers.


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