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File Your Taxes for Free with INfreefile

January 17, 2018

Did you know you may qualify to prepare your taxes for free this year? While preparing your information for your taxes, consider using Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file your federal and state income taxes online at no-cost.

Hoosiers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less may qualify to file for the INfreefile program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to use certified vendor software that people pay to use, for free.

Interested in learning more about the program and saving some money? Follow these steps to get started!

• Visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to compare vendors and see if you qualify for one of the vendor offers. (Be sure to access the vendor from this website to ensure no-cost filing.)

• If you qualify, click on the vendor of your choice.

• Complete your state and federal income tax returns online – for FREE.

It’s that simple. Electronic filing such as the INfreefile program, offers many convenient benefits including:

• Faster refunds – Returns filed online are processed faster than paper returns

• More secure – Your personal information will be in the hands of fewer people

• More accurate – Electronic returns have a 2 percent error rate versus 20 percent for paper returns

So what are you waiting for? Check out the INfreefile program today to see if you qualify to file your taxes for free this tax season.

Are you a first time tax filer? DOR can help.

January 10, 2018

Filing your taxes for the first time can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has some tips to make your first time filing taxes a bit less, well, scary:

Know the due dates: The individual income tax filing season is open from January 29 to April 17, 2018. Remember, paying taxes is required for anyone who makes more than $1,000 in a year.

Organize your documents: To get yourself prepared, make sure you have all your forms such as W-2s, 1099s and the Indiana WH-4 all together in one place. The Indiana WH-4 form allows your new employer to know how much in Indiana taxes to take out of your earnings before giving you your paycheck. If you are self-employed or have other income be aware you may need to make special arrangements. You should also gather any additional forms that showed you spent money on a big expense, like education or charitable donations, as that should be noted in your return.

Consider filing electronically: Filing your taxes electronically is the most convenient option for many of DOR’s customers. Did you know only 2% of forms filed electronically have errors versus 20% of paper filed returns? Online software can help you determine if you qualify for credits or deductions that you may not have been aware of, getting you more back on your return or making sure you owe less.

You may be able to file for FREE: Nearly two million Hoosiers qualify to file their federal and state taxes online for free using Indiana free file (INfreefile). Compare vendor offers and see if you qualify at http://www.in.gov/dor/4578.htm.

So, if this is your first time filing taxes, be sure to take your time, plan ahead and know that help is out there. DOR can help with questions you may have while preparing your taxes. Customers may call 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or connect with us through DOR’s social media (@INRevenue) for assistance.