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Reading Your Tax Bill

July 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again – tax bills are in the mail. If you receive a bill and your mind floods with questions, there’s no need to fret. We’re here to give you the resources you need.

First, review the information you received from the Indiana Department of Revenue. Did you receive an AR-80 or an AR-40?

An AR-80 isn’t actually a bill. It’s a “notice of proposed assessment” and tells you the tax type, tax period, due date and amount due. It also gives an explanation of why you are receiving an assessment. Make sure all the information is correct. If it’s not, you can protest the assessment within 60 days of the due date. If you don’t protest or pay the proposed assessment, you’ll receive an AR-40. You’ll also receive an AR-40 if you underpaid your taxes this year.

An AR-40 is a demand notice for payment, and you have 20 days to pay. If you do not pay or respond to the AR-40, the bill moves to the tax warrant stage. A tax warrant is very serious and can affect your credit. Contact the department, pay the bill or set up a payment plan within the allotted 20 days.

After reviewing your assessment or bill, it’s common to still have questions. To ask your question face-to-face, visit one of the department’s 12 district offices around the state. They are located in Bloomington, Clarksville, Columbus, Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Kokomo, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, Muncie, South Bend and Terre Haute.

Representatives at these district offices can address your concerns about a tax bill, discuss payment plans and help get you started with INtax Pay. INtax Pay is the gateway for Hoosiers to pay their tax bills and set up payment arrangements. This tool is available to taxpayers who owe individual income taxes, and businesses who conduct retail sales. You can also pay your tax bill while you’re there.

For the phone number and address of the district office near you, review this list. All offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

If going online or making a phone call is more convenient for you, we encourage you to visit our website or call 317-232-2165 for assistance.

Once your questions are answered, visit INtaxPay  to pay your bill in full or to set up a payment plan.

Fireworks Public Safety Fee in Indiana

June 21, 2017

firework sparklerAre you ready to light up the sky this Fourth of July? For many Americans, Independence Day is celebrated with family, friends, backyard cookouts, and most of all - fireworks.

Items detonated or burned to produce a visible or audible effect are considered fireworks. These items may include:

  • Firecrackers;
  • Roman candles;
  • Missile-type rockets; and
  • Wire sparklers.

Businesses selling fireworks in Indiana must collect a five percent Fireworks Public Safety Fee in addition to Indiana’s seven percent sales tax.

The Fireworks Public Safety Fee was passed into law during the 2006 session of the Indiana General Assembly and became effective for all transactions occurring in Indiana after May 31, 2006.

For more information about the Fireworks Public Safety Fee, please visit www.in.gov/dor/3989.htm. More information also is available in Commissioner’s Directive #31.

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