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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. 

Today is Census Day! Don't Forget to Submit Yours!

April 1, 2020

Every 10 years, the United States government counts all individuals in all 50 states, including Washington, D.C. and all five U.S. territories, to provide current facts and figures about people, places and the economy.

In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau, who is responsible for the Census, started gathering this data, via a questionnaire.

Who answers the Census?
Every home in the United States received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.

Are my responses confidential?
Yes, all responses to the census are confidential will not be shared with law enforcement, government agencies, landlords or businesses. The information gathered is compiled and used for statistical purposes.

Do I have to respond?
Yes, by law and even if you’ve completed another questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau, you must participate in the 2020 Census and all future census questionnaires.

Where can I find more information about the 2020 Census?
Visiting www.2020census.gov is your best resource for finding information about the 2020 Census.

You may be asking, what does this mean for Hoosiers?
Making sure Indiana gets its fair share of federal funding is no joke. In 2016, Indiana received almost $18 billion in funding, or about $2700 per person, based on census data.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you now have an extra four weeks to fill out the census online at home; the U.S. Census Bureau won’t make house calls until after April 15, 2020.

Don’t worry! The official Census Day is still today, April 1, 2020. Any information you provide on your form should be based on today’s date.

For 2020 Census questions, you may contact the Indiana State Data Center at the State Library or visit the Census in Indiana website: www.census.indiana.edu.

 

Expanded Deduction Gives Boon for Military Retirees, Surviving Spouses

Natalie

By Natalie Rodriguez

March 30, 2020

Military retirees and surviving spouses may be in for a pleasant surprise this tax season thanks to a recent change in Indiana tax law.

Beginning with tax year 2019, eligible taxpayers can deduct $6250 plus an additional 25% of their military retirement income or survivor’s benefits. Previously, anyone who reported military retirement income and/or survivor’s benefits was eligible to deduct up to $6,250 of eligible income or benefits received.

Even better, this deduction increases by 25% each year as shown below. By 2022, 100% of military retirement income/survivor’s benefits will be tax-deductible in Indiana.

  • 2019 - $6,250 + 25% of the amount exceeding $6,250
  • 2020 - $6,250 + 50% of the amount exceeding $6,250
  • 2021 - $6,250 + 75% of the amount exceeding $6,250
  • 2022 – 100% of the eligible amount

You and your spouse (if married filing jointly and both qualify) may be eligible to take this deduction. To claim the Military Retirement Benefit, use Schedule 2 and Schedule C on your Indiana individual Income tax return. Information on calculating the amount to deduct is available in the tax instruction booklet for your specific tax form.

Tax information for current military service members is available on DOR’s website.

If you have questions on your individual tax return, call DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.

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