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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. 

Not sure which tax form to use? DOR can help!


By Natalie Rodriguez

Jan. 22, 2020

Taxes are confusing. Not only do you need to have all of your receipts, statements and other documents ready, but you need to know which form to file. Yikes! Have no fear, DOR is here to answer all of your questions!

Are you filing online using question-based software? That sure makes it easier, but reviewing forms and instructions ahead of time can give you an idea of what to expect and what information to have on hand when it's time to file your tax return. It’s always better to be prepared!

Get ready by checking out the individual tax forms for tax year 2019 (due April 15, 2020) on DOR's website. Additionally, let’s run through some of the most commonly used Indiana tax forms and when to use them:

Form IT-40 for full-year nonresidents

  • Use Form IT-40 if you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) were full-year Indiana residents.

Form IT-40RNR for full-year residents of reciprocal states

  • Use Form IT-40RNR if you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) were:
    • Full-year residents of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, and
  • The only type of income from Indiana was from wages, tips, salaries or other compensation. If you had any other kinds of Indiana-sourced income, you need to file IT-40PNR.

Form IT-40PNR for part-year and full-year nonresidents

  • Use Form IT-40PNR if you (and your spouse, if filing jointly):
    • Were Indiana residents for less than a full-year or not at all, or
    • Are filing jointly and one spouse was not a full-year Indiana resident, and
    • Do not qualify to file Form IT-40RNR

Form IT-40X for Amended Individual Income Tax Return

  • Use this form if you need to correct (amend) an Indiana individual income tax return that you have already filed.

But wait there’s more! You may also be required to file additional forms or schedules.

For example, you must include Schedule 3 (exemptions), Schedule 7 (additional information), and CT-40 (county taxes) with Form IT-40. If you have dependents, deductions or credits, you will need to include additional schedules.

If you are military personnel or an international student, you have your own set of requirements. Check out the information on our website to determine which forms and schedules to use.

If you have questions on which form or schedule to use for your Indiana individual tax return, visit our website or call DOR Customer Service at (317) 232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.


Introducing Money Mondays: Learn How State Tax Dollars Are Used


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.

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