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Tax Tips for Hoosiers – Part 1
Start Date: 2/12/2015 All Day
End Date: 2/12/2015
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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 12, 2015) –This is the first of several tax season news releases that will provide important, need-to-know tax tips to Indiana taxpayers during the 2015 individual tax season. Media organizations may use this information in any way appropriate.

Choosing a Tax Preparer
With the tax season underway, many Hoosiers have asked how to choose a tax preparer. Letting someone else do your taxes means you are exposing your personal information to someone you might not know. It is important to make sure you find someone you can trust.

Here are some helpful tips on how to best choose a tax preparer:

  • Learn how much they will charge you 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.
  • Only use a tax professional who provides you a copy of your return to keep for your records.
  • Never use a tax preparer who asks you to sign a blank tax form.
  • Choose a tax preparer who will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Ask questions. See if the tax preparer belongs to a professional organization(s).
  • Before you sign your tax return or authorize it to be filed electronically, carefully review the return. You are responsible for what is being submitted no matter who prepares your taxes.

More information about choosing professional tax preparers is available at www.in.gov/dor/4618.htm.

INfreefile
The Department of Revenue offers qualified taxpayers a free filing service called Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file both their federal AND state taxes online using certified question-and-answer format software. Last year, nearly 119,000 taxpayers used INfreefile to file their Indiana taxes. However, nearly 2 million Hoosier taxpayers may qualify to file taxes for free by having an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less. Taxpayers can visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to see if they qualify for INfreefile based on the six approved vendors’ options.

Asking Questions
Taxpayers are always welcome to contact the Indiana Department of Revenue to ask a question, to determine if they qualify for a credit or deduction, or to check their account status. Last tax season, taxpayers who called the department at 317-232-2240 waited an average of less than three minutes to speak with a representative.

New this year, taxpayers also are encouraged to send general tax questions through the department’s Facebook or Twitter account’s private message features. The department’s social media representatives can provide general tax guidance or assign a tax analyst to look into a taxpayer’s account. Note that taxpayers should never send personal information such as a Social Security number through social media.

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Contact Information:
Name: Amanda Stanley
Phone: (317) 232-2379
Email: Astanley4@dor.in.gov
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Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
  • Media Advisory
  • IN.gov Category:
  • Taxes & Finance
  • Agency Name
    Revenue, Indiana Department of

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