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April 27, 2016
It’s never too early to start planning ahead! Although the individual income tax season just ended April 18, there are a number of things you can do now and throughout 2016 to ensure you’re prepared and ready when the next tax season rolls around.
The Indiana Department of Revenue website has many resources to help taxpayers before, during, and after tax season. Visit www.in.gov/dor/4703.htm to review the Individual Income Taxes section of the website.
April 20, 2016
Did you miss the April 18, 2016 individual income tax filing deadline? If so, it’s important to file as soon as possible to reduce penalty and interest.
E-File Your Tax Return
Filing your tax return electronically is the most convenient option for many taxpayers, and about two-thirds of Indiana taxpayers qualify to file for their federal and state taxes for free with Indiana freefile (INfreefile).
Even if you don’t qualify for INfreefile, electronic filing still is the best option for most taxpayers. E-filing is more accurate and secure than filing by paper. Additionally, e-filed returns are processed in about two weeks, while paper-filed returns take up to 12 weeks to process.
Pay What You Owe Online
If you owe tax, pay as much as possible to minimize penalty and interest charges. Pay tax owed online using the Indiana Department of Revenue’s secure ePay site.
If you cannot pay the full amount of tax due, you still should pay as much as possible to minimize penalty and interest charges. The department will send a bill for the remainder of the amount due, including penalty and accrued interest. After receiving the bill, you may visit www.intaxpay.in.gov to see if you qualify for a payment plan. To qualify, you must owe more than $100 and pay at least 20 percent down.
Extension of Time to File
Remember, if you filed for an extension of time to file, you must file your individual income tax return and pay any remaining tax owed by November 14, 2016.
Contact Us for Help
If you need assistance or have questions about your tax return or tax bill, you may contact the department at 317-232-2240, visit one of our 12 district offices, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.