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Dec. 22, 2009
If you purchased items on the Internet in 2009, you will need to check your receipts to see if that Internet business included a charge for Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax in the total amount of your purchase. If not, then you will need to add the amount of those Internet purchases and report it on your 2009 Indiana income tax filing that is due April 15, 2010.
“Indiana law has required people to calculate and pay sales tax for a number of years on any catalogue, mail-order or online purchases where Indiana sales tax was not charged as part of the total sale,” said Commissioner John Eckart. “Too often we hear this reported to the public as ‘voluntary.’ But it’s no more voluntary than drivers being required to stop at a red traffic light even if a police officer isn’t around.”
Last year, more than 26,000 taxpayers in Indiana reported use tax, amounting to more than $1.6 million. Each year, more than 3.1 million people file individual income-tax returns in Indiana.
Indiana’s sales-and use-tax law is intended to ensure that local Indiana businesses, “those who set up shop in Indiana, provide jobs and are required to collect and pay state and local taxes,” Eckart said, are not put at an economic disadvantage against out-of-state businesses that are not required to collect sales tax.
A federal law prohibits states, like Indiana, from requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax from their residents. However, Federal Congress is now considering a new law that will require out-of-state businesses that conduct Internet sales to collect sales tax on behalf of its customers’ states.
If you have questions about Indiana sales and use tax, contact the Department at (317) 233-4015. Or if you would like to speak to a bilingual representative, call (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or submit questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also visit the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Spanish Web site for additional information at www.impuestos.in.gov/
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