What does this tax bill mean?

July 2, 2013 – TaxTalk Blog

If you’ve recently received a tax bill in the mail, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This month, the Indiana Department of Revenue mailed more than 60,000 tax bills to taxpayers who didn’t pay all of their individual income taxes by the April 15 deadline.

If you’re confused about what to do with your bill, don’t worry about that either. We’re here to explain it to you.

There are two types of bills you may have received: AR-80 or AR-40.

AR-80 - Proposed Assessment

This document is the first type in the collection process. It’s not actually a bill, but a “notice of proposed assessment.” It will tell you the tax type, tax period, due date and amount due. It will also have an explanation of the issue.

Be sure that you review all of this information to check that it’s correct. If you believe the information is wrong, you can protest the bill within 60 days of the bill due date. To do so, send a written request and a copy of the bill to the department at:

Indiana Department of Revenue
Re: Proposed Assessment
P.O. Box 1028
Indianapolis, IN 46206-0040

The written request should explain the reason for your protest and be signed and dated. If you don’t contact the department by the bill’s due date, Indiana law requires the department to move forward in the collection process, and you will be issued an AR-40.

If you have questions about this notice, you can call (317) 232-2165.

AR-40 – Demand Notice for Payment

If you received but did not pay or protest an AR-80 notice, you will receive an AR-40. You will also receive an AR-40 bill if you underpaid your taxes for 2012. This bill gives you only 10 days to pay (at this point the protest period has expired). If you do not pay or respond to this bill, your bill will move to the tax warrant stage. A tax warrant is a very serious step and can affect your credit. Don’t let this happen. Contact the department, pay the bill, or set up a payment plan within the allotted 10 days.
To protest, mail your correspondence to:

Indiana Department of Revenue
Re: Demand for Payment
P.O. Box 595
Indianapolis, IN 46206-0040

If you cannot pay the bill, you need to contact the department’s Collection Division as soon as you can by calling (317) 232-2165.

Paying Your Bill

To pay the bill, you can make an in-person payment at one of our district offices, mail a check to our Collection Division or use the online INtax Pay to pay or set up a payment plan.

For information about setting up payment plans, read our blog post, “State tax bills are in the mail” at: www.in.gov/dor/4870.htm.

To get started using INtax Pay, go to www.intaxpay.in.gov/.

For information about our district offices, read our blog post, “District offices help with tax bills” at: www.in.gov/dor/4876.htm.

Mail checks to:

Collection Division
Indiana Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 595
Indianapolis, IN 46204

If you have additional questions about your tax bill, you can call our Collection Division at (317) 232-2165.

If you would like to submit a question or topic suggestions, please send them to feedback@dor.in.gov
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