Tax Talk Blog

The Tax Talk blog is a weekly blog published each Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). During tax season blogs are posted on both Mondays and Wednesdays. The blog discusses tax tips, DOR programs, and helpful information for tax preparers.

Learn More about the INfreefile Vendors

February 21, 2018

Have you filed your individual income tax returns this year? If not, you may qualify to use Indiana free file (INfreefile) to electronically file your state and federal income taxes for free!

If you have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less you may qualify. INfreefile uses sophisticated question-and-answer style software from certified vendors. This is the same vendor software that you already may be paying to use.

The vendors participating in INfreefile this year include:

• 1040NOW

• Credit Karma Tax

• FreeTaxUSA

• H&R Block

• OLT Online Taxes

• TaxAct

• TurboTax

To learn more about the participating vendor offers, visit DOR’s INfreefile website. Remember, electronic filing has many benefits:

• E-filed returns are processed in about two weeks; while paper returns can take up to 12 weeks.

• E-filed returns have a two percent error rate, paper returns have a 20 percent error rate. The vendor software completes the calculations for you, because of this, many math errors are avoided.

You can access INfreefile 24/7, making it not only easy but also convenient. See which vendor you qualify to use now!

Donation Check-Offs Part 2: Military Family Relief Fund

February 19, 2018

Did you know you can contribute all or part of your state tax refund to three funds in Indiana? Well you can, with donation check offs. This is the second in a three-part series on donation check offs. Our first post was on the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund. Today, we’ll explore the second tax checkoff, the Military Family Relief Fund.

The Military Family Relief Fund offers taxpayers the opportunity fund emergency grants used by Hoosier military and veteran families. The funds can be utilized for documented needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, transportation, and other essential family support expenses which have become difficult to afford.

The Military Family Relief Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since its inception in 2007.

If you make a donation this year, you will be able to claim this year’s contribution as a deduction on next year’s federal itemized deduction schedule.

To donate, simply fill out Schedule IN-Donate with the name of the fund, Military Family Relief Fund, and the amount you wish to donate (the donation cannot be greater than the amount of your refund shown on Form IT-40, line 16). Don’t forget to enter 201 as the 3-digit designated code.

If you’re not receiving a state refund this year but would like to donate, you can make a donation directly by writing a check made payable to the Military Family Relief Fund and sending it to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, 302 W. Washington Street, Suite E-120, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

For more information or to apply for a grant, please see the Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs.