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Contact: Bob Dittmer, APR
(317) 234-3793

Indiana Tax Tips February 15, 2012

Indianapolis (Feb. 15, 2012) Here are a few tips you can share with your readers/viewers/listeners:

  1. Remember this year the filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  1. Looking for a tax preparer? Here are some things to look for when making your decision:
    1. Find out what the service fees are before your return is prepared. Avoid preparers who base their fees on a percentage of the amount of your refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.
    2. Only use a tax professional who provides you a copy of your return to keep for your records.
    3. Avoid tax preparers who ask you to sign a blank tax form.
    4. Choose a tax preparer that will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
    5. Ask questions. Get referrals from family and friends. Check with the Better Business Bureau. See if the tax preparer belongs to professional organizations.
    6. Before you sign your tax return, or authorize it to be filed electronically, review the return and ask questions.
    7. Two good sources of professionals are the Indiana CPA Society (www.incpas.org) and the Indiana Society of Enrolled Agents (www.inea.biz).
  1. Don’t forget to pay your “use tax.” Use tax is required for Indiana taxpayers who purchase items online or otherwise and no sales tax is collected by the retailer. In those cases, you should declare your purchase amounts and pay a use tax equal to the 7 percent Indiana sales tax.
    1. Example: A taxpayer orders a book from an online vendor and the vendor does not collect the 7 percent Indiana sales tax. The taxpayer should declare that purchase and declare the 7 percent use tax on that purchase with their annual tax return.
    2. Example: A taxpayer purchases an item of apparel from a catalog company operating in another state and that company does not collect the 7 percent Indiana sales tax on the purchase. That 7 percent should be declared as use tax on the annual tax return.
  1. Looking to file electronically? You should! Everything happens faster – including refunds. Consider INfreeflile by visiting http://www.freefile.dor.in.gov/ to see if you qualify to file online for free using professional software. Nearly a million Hoosier taxpayers qualify.

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