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Jan. 3, 2012
The Department of Revenue has begun a new program to provide free, online tax services for low and middle income Indiana residents called Indiana freefile.
This new program is part of the Free File Alliance and is a group of 16 professional, commercial tax preparers overseen by the IRS. The Free File Alliance has been providing tax services to states across the country since 2003 and we’re very excited to bring this new service to Indiana’s taxpayers. For Indiana’s inaugural year, four tax preparers have agreed to provide online services for Indiana: H&R Block, Online Tax (OLT), Tax Hawk and TurboTax.
How does this affect you?
While each of our four vendors uses different criteria to decide who can file for free, generally if you earned less than $57,000 Adjusted Gross Income (your income minus any deductions) in 2011, chances are you can file both your state and federal taxes for free with Indiana freefile. This means you will be able to use professional quality tax software at no cost. All you have to do is go to the Indiana freefile website and select which of the vendors works for you.
Using Indiana freefile also means you will receive any refund as fast as possible. Filing online means a refund, if due, will be available in as little as six to ten days instead of waiting up to 12 weeks with a paper filing.
Indiana freefile is fast, free and easy.
Go to www.freefile.dor.in.gov to find out if you qualify!
If you have questions or concerns about the upcoming tax season, you can always speak to a bilingual representative by calling (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Also, be sure to visit and subscribe to the Department’s Spanish website at www.impuestos.in.gov/ to get the latest tax updates.
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