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Jan. 18, 2011
Following the example of the Internal Revenue Service, and several other states where electronic filing has become the mainstay of income-tax filing, the Indiana Department of Revenue is cancelling its annual program of mailing tax booklets and forms directly to taxpayers’ homes this year.
“There are so many options now for taxpayers to access forms and instructions that it just isn’t cost effective to print and mail tax booklets anymore,” said Revenue Commissioner John Eckart.
Those options include the state’s I-File program (www.ifile.in.gov), which is completely free for all Hoosier taxpayers, regardless of income level. Additionally, taxpayers also can use the federal government’s e-File program, which is free for taxpayers with an income of $58,000 annually or less.
“Taxpayers can also download forms and instructions directly from our website,” said Eckart. “That option has been available for several years now.”
The Department of Revenue said it will slightly increase the number of tax booklets and forms provided to its 12 district offices throughout the state, as well as libraries in each county.
It cost the state upwards of $300,000 to mail tax booklets and forms directly to taxpayers’ homes in 2010. This year the state will mail a postcard about the change to those taxpayers who were scheduled to receive a tax booklet and forms. Those postcards were mailed the week of Dec. 20, 2010.
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