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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stephanie McFarland, APR
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Indiana taxpayers can file state tax returns now, despite IRS delay on federal returns

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 31, 2011) – The Indiana Department of Revenue will continue to process state tax returns as usual, despite the delay Congressional tax law changes have placed upon the Internal Revenue Service’s processing of federal long-form returns.

The Department of Revenue does caution taxpayers using tax-preparation software to file state returns. Software companies are able to submit “state only” returns via their software packages at this point in time. However, the IRS has indicated the state returns must provide a separate “submitter identification number” to be accepted through the federal e-File program. Taxpayers using such software should contact the manufacturer if they experience problems submitting their state income tax return.

“An alternative for this year’s unique situation is I-File,” said Revenue Commissioner John Eckart. “Taxpayers do have to enter their information into I-File separately from their federal return, but this avenue lessens the chances of unforeseen problems resulting from the federal delay with long-form returns.”

The Department of Revenue also said a mass delay in Hoosiers waiting to file their federal and state returns together in mid February could create a backlog in processing returns at the state level. The Revenue agency encourages taxpayers to use electronic filing as the fastest method to file a state return and to more quickly receive their refunds.

“We work diligently each year to get refunds out quickly, so we want to avoid any possible delays,” said Eckart. “This is why we’re working to help taxpayers understand now, at this point, how they can make their state filing go smoothly this year in spite of the delay in processing federal long-form returns.”

The IRS anticipates it will begin processing long-form returns in mid February.

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