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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. 

Introducing Money Mondays: Learn How State Tax Dollars Are Used

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By Michelle Cain

January 13, 2020

Happy New Year! As we roll into 2020, DOR will be showcasing Money Mondays for Tax Talk.

What is Money Monday you ask?

On the first Monday of each month (Money Monday) you will learn how Indiana tax dollars are used by various state agencies.

For January, we’re talking DOR and how we administer taxes.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, DOR collects all state tax dollars and ensures that these taxes are filed and paid in a timely manner.

What it doesn’t mean:

It doesn’t mean that DOR is the distributor or even determines where these funds go. In fact, the Indiana Legislature determines where these funds go. Once processed, funds collected on behalf of the state are made available to state agencies with the oversight of the State Budget Agency.

Throughout 2020, we’ll explore 12 different state agencies to see how the funds they receive are used.

These agencies include:

  • Department of Revenue (January)
  • Department of Natural Resources (February)
  • Family and Social Services Administration (March)
  • Department of Environmental Management (April)
  • Indiana State Police (May)
  • Department of Corrections (June)
  • Department of Education (July)
  • Blind School (August)
  • State Department of Health (September)
  • State Library (October)
  • Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (November)
  • Department of Homeland Security (December)

Stay tuned to upcoming Money Mondays of Tax Talk to learn more.

We’ll also be sharing information on all of our social media platforms. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

For more information visit our Indiana Tax Dollars at Work webpage.

 

Be Sure You Have All Documents Before Filing Your Taxes

January 8, 2020

It is that time of year again! The time when most Hoosiers start thinking about their tax refund and hope to get is as soon as possible. While we make sure that we process your tax return efficiently, it can only get done if the information given is correct and supported by documentation.

So what does this mean?

You should wait! Wait to file taxes until you receive all of your official tax documents. Using end-of-year paycheck stubs may not accurately reflect annual earnings, which could cause your tax return to be incorrect.

Using inaccurate information or incorrectly filling-in missing information often leads to having to file an amended return later on, which takes additional time and often costs you more money in tax preparation and filing fees.

The fastest way to make sure you get your entire tax refund is to wait until you have all of your official tax documents to file your tax return. In most cases, DOR issues income tax refunds in as little as two weeks when filed accurately and electronically.

Remember, that all employers are required to provide Form W-2’s to employees by Jan. 31, 2020. Please allow enough time to make sure you receive all wage statements, including W-2’s and 1099’s, in the mail.

For more information on what documents are required to file your tax return, visit DOR’s website or call DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.

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