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Feb. 26, 2013
The Indiana Department of Revenue always recommends some kind of electronic filing if it is possible for you to do so. Filing online generally means a faster refund, fewer errors and an easier process for taxpayers. There are quite a few ways you can complete your taxes online, so almost everyone has the chance to do their taxes in this easier way.
You might qualify for Indiana freefile. It’s a program offered to about 1 million people across the state. The service is free and allows you to file all your taxes at one location while using professional software. All you need to do is check and see if you qualify. If you do, just pick the tax program you qualified for and fill out the forms. The question and answer style of the programs is very intuitive and you shouldn’t have a problem. Go to www.freefile.dor.in.gov to find out if you qualify. You can even do it at your local library.
If you’re uncomfortable with tax filing systems, want personal help and have low income, there is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a group of volunteers who will help you file your taxes and they generally meet in community areas like libraries and community centers. This is also a free service and you can contact the VITA hotline to find out more at 1-800-829-1040. Spanish speakers are available too!
If you are at least 55 years old, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also offers free tax assistance. You can go to www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ for more information.
If you don’t qualify for any of the above, you can always buy a software package from a commercial tax preparer. These can be purchased at a physical store location or just downloaded from the company’s website.
Finally, there is always paper. You can pick up all the forms you might need from your local library. They are free. All you have to do is fill them out and mail them back. Paper is not as fast and is more likely to have errors than an online filing, but it still gets the job done and you will only have to buy a stamp and envelope. There is even a Spanish version of our IT-40 tax booklet and instructions online at www.impuestos.in.gov to help guide you.
If you have questions or concerns about the tax season, you can always speak to a bilingual representative by calling (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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