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What To Do When Taxes Are Due

March 27, 2017

You wouldn’t know it from the commercials you see on TV, but not everyone receives a tax refund. 

Regardless of whether you will receive a refund, make sure you file your tax return by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Pay your taxes in full no later than the April 18 deadline to avoid paying penalties and interest. The Department of Revenue’s electronic tax payment service, ePay, allows individuals to pay taxes owed to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or e-check*.

If you cannot pay your taxes in full by the due date, follow these tips to minimize the impact on your finances.

  • File your return even if you cannot pay in full. If you cannot file your return by the deadline, complete an Application for Extension of Time to File (Form IT-9). An extension provides you with more time to file but does not extend the time to pay.
  • Pay as much as you can when filing a return or an extension. Penalty and interest will be due on the unpaid amount. Paying more when you file reduces the penalty and interest due. Within a few weeks, a bill will be sent to collect the remaining amount due.
  • If you are unable to pay any amount, file the tax return with no payment. Within a few weeks, the department will send a bill for the amount owed, which includes penalty and interest.
  • You can apply for a payment plan once you receive a bill from the department. Eligibility is based on the amount of tax due.

Generally, the minimum amount of tax due to establish a payment plan through INtax Pay is $100, with 20 percent down.

  • If you owe less than $100 and would like to establish a payment plan, you must call 317-232-2165.
  • If you owe between $100 and $500, you may establish a payment plan for up to 12 months.
  • If you owe more than $500, you may establish a payment plan for a longer period of time, but not more than 24 months.

For more information, on payment plans please contact us at (317) 232-2165. 

* If paying by credit card, a fee will be charged by the credit card processor based on the amount paid. If paying by electronic check, a fee of $1 will be charged by the bank.

 

Avoid Common Tax Mistakes

March 22, 2017

Have you ever submitted your tax return only to discover an error? If so, you probably filed an amended tax return. Tax returns filed correctly the first time cost less to process, and refunds are issued in less time.

Look out for these common errors to ensure your tax return is correct the first time around.

  1. Math errors - Even with a calculator, it’s easy to miss a step - adding where you should have subtracted, transposing numbers incorrectly when writing them down, etc. Double check your work to be sure your math is correct.
  2. Claiming credits and deductions to which you are not entitled - It is important to only claim credits and deductions to which you are entitled. For example, $3,000 is the most you can claim as a renter’s deduction; anyone who claims more than that has made an error.
  3. Forgotten attachments - Forgetting to send a W-2 or a Schedule 1 to support a renter’s deduction or a homeowner’s property tax deduction can slow down the processing of your return. The Indiana Department of Revenue will send a letter requesting the additional documentation.

Electronically filing your tax return makes it easier to avoid mistakes. E-filed returns have only a two percent error rate, while paper-filed returns have a 20 percent error rate. See if you qualify to file your federal and state taxes for free at www.freefile.dor.in.gov.

Don’t worry! We know that mistakes happen. If you do need to file an amended return, download Form IT-40X here.

Need help? Give us a call at 317-232-2240. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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