Welcome to DOR's Tax Talk Blog
Tax Talk is a weekly blog published each Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) that discusses tax tips, DOR programs, and helpful information for tax preparers. During tax season blogs are posted on both Mondays and Wednesdays.
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2019 Tax Season Opening Soon
January 16, 2019
Attention all Hoosiers, the 2019 tax season will be opening soon! In preparation, DOR has some important and potential money-saving tips for you to remember.
You may be able to file your taxes for FREE!
The INfreefile program gives Hoosiers, with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less, the opportunity to file for free. Both federal and state taxes can be filed through the INfreefile program.
Find printable forms online.
You can find all current year forms on our Indiana Current Year Tax Forms website. This includes both individual and business forms.
Assistance programs for senior and low-income taxpayers.
There are many organizations that can assist in preparing individual income taxes. Below are organizations that can help:
- The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program focuses on helping low- and moderate-income people, with special attention to those over age 60.
- The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for customers who qualify.
- The Notre Dame Tax Clinic is a federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) that represents clients in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
- The John Boner Neighborhood Centers is part of Indy Free Tax Prep, Central Indiana’s Network for Free Tax Preparation. As part of the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, they offer free tax preparation and other services to eligible residents.
- Indy Free Tax Prep is a network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites provide through the United Way of Central Indiana that offer free tax preparation to individuals and families with a combined household income of $64,000 or less. If taxpayers are looking for services, dial 2-1-1 to find a nearby VITA location and schedule an appointment. If you have questions or want to volunteer, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about filing during tax season, you may contact DOR at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST.
First Time Filer? DOR has Tips for You!
January 9, 2019
Anxiety over tax season is a real concern for some people, especially for first time filers. But there are some tricks to make filing your taxes easier!
- Organize your paperwork – Your employer should be sending you documents you will need in order fill out your taxes. Keep an eye out for W-2s, 1099s, etc. If you pay student loans, you may receive a 1098-E. That form reports the interest paid on student loans throughout the taxable year. If you are self-employed, then you need to do some extra research to make sure you have all the documents you need to file correctly.
- Don’t lose track of time – The tax season runs from January 28th through April 15th. Time flies, especially when you’re in the mind set of “I’ll do it later.” There is a flip side to this tip: Don’t be in too much of a hurry. When you rush to get taxes done, your chances of making a mistake go up.
- Decide how you want to file – You can fill out your tax return by yourself, work with a paid preparer, or file electronically. Decide which option is best for you. Filling out the return by yourself is free, but you may miss out on add-backs or deductions you’re not aware of. Paid preparers may be the way to go if you have a more complicated return. They may pick up on a deduction you were not aware you could take. Filing electronically can reduce the amount of mistakes and speed up the process to get a return filed.
- 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). You can find out if you qualify and compare vendor offers on DOR's INfreefile website.
If this is your first time filing, don’t let the stress take over. Plan ahead and know that help is out there. You just have to find it.