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Department Offers New and Small Business Tax Handbook

Sept. 30, 2014

Starting and succeeding in a new or small business is both a dream for many people and a challenge for all. And understanding taxes is often one of the biggest challenges.

The Indiana Department of Revenue wants you to succeed in your business – because its people like you who bring jobs, innovation, and progress to our state. To help you along your journey to becoming a business owner, the department recently published the Indiana Tax Handbook for New and Small Business Owners.

The handbook explains the basics of starting a business and filing and paying taxes in Indiana. It will help Hoosiers who are thinking of starting a business, and who have recently opened a business, better understand their Indiana business tax obligations.

TOPICS
The Indiana Tax Handbook for New and Small Business Owners walks readers through:

  • Selecting a business structure.
  • Selecting a business name.
  • Registering with the Indiana Secretary of State.
  • Determining which taxes to pay at the state and federal levels.
  • Registering with the IRS.
  • Registering with the Indiana Department of Revenue.

TAXES
Additionally, it discusses the following tax types, including how to register, file, and pay:

  • Personal income tax
  • Business income tax
  • Income tax withholding
  • Nonresident shareholder withholding
  • Sales tax
  • Use tax
  • Food and beverage tax
  • Motor vehicle tax
  • County innkeeper’s tax
  • Special taxes
  • Other fees

The handbook is available online at www.in.gov/dor/files/business-tax-handbook.pdf. It was created as part of the department’s Business Outreach Education Program.

Your dreams are waiting. Download the handbook today!

Department Stops $39 Million in Attempted Identity Theft

Sept 9, 2014

For sale: your identity.

Stop ID TheftThis year, identity theft criminals attempted to steal $39 million from Hoosier taxpayers. The Indiana Department of Revenue stopped 39,000 tax returns that were attempted identity theft. These refunds were requested by criminals who stole real taxpayer identities or made up fake identities and submitted returns in their names.

Not only did the department block these identity thieves from stealing Hoosiers’ tax dollars, it is working to hold these criminals responsible for the identity theft and prevent them from stealing money from Indiana in the future. A number of active cases are under investigation and the department expects to present cases to prosecutors by the end of 2014.

The attempted fraud through identity theft was discovered by the department’s increased security activities during the 2014 tax filing process. Of the returns checked for verification, 95 percent of taxpayers’ information was verified and the returns continued processing as usual.

As an additional level of protection, 30,000 taxpayers took an Identity Confirmation Quiz to help the department confirm their identities. Most survey respondents said the quiz was easy and quick to take, and many expressed appreciation for the additional level of protection.

Preventing identity theft will not stop with this year’s success. The department will use this year’s experience to stop additional potential identity theft and tax fraud in the 2015 tax season and beyond.

Hoosiers with questions about protecting their identities can visit the department’s Stop ID Theft website at www.in.gov/dor/4794.htm for 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.


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