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Tax Conference Report Released

Oct 9, 2014

“How do we make Indiana taxes simpler for taxpayers?”

This question was the core of the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference, hosted by the department in June. The conference brought together national and state tax experts and policymakers to examine Indiana’s tax system and identify ways it could be simplified.

On September 29, the department took its next step forward in simplifying the Indiana tax code by releasing a report of recommendations made at the conference. DOR Commissioner Mike Alley also presented an overview of these recommendations to the Indiana Commission on business personal property and business taxation.

The report is available at It provides a compendium of ideas and recommendations generated by tax experts, business leaders, state legislators and public comments during the tax conference. The recommendations suggest ways Indiana can simplify its taxes and make the state more competitive for businesses to create new jobs.

The department wants your feedback, too! It welcomes Hoosiers to review the report and make comments, suggestions or additional recommendations. Those interested can submit comments at, and they will be posted at

Those who prefer to send suggestions in a letter can mail it to:

Indiana Department of Revenue
Public Relations MS 103
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 248
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2253

The Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference brought together national and state tax experts and policymakers to examine Indiana’s tax system in open and frank discussions. This full day of exploration and discussion investigated new and fresh ideas and known best practices in state taxation. Videos of the tax conference are available at

Department Offers New and Small Business Tax Handbook

Sept. 30, 2014

Starting and succeeding in a new or small business is both a dream for many people and a challenge for all. And understanding taxes is often one of the biggest challenges.

The Indiana Department of Revenue wants you to succeed in your business – because its people like you who bring jobs, innovation, and progress to our state. To help you along your journey to becoming a business owner, the department recently published the Indiana Tax Handbook for New and Small Business Owners.

The handbook explains the basics of starting a business and filing and paying taxes in Indiana. It will help Hoosiers who are thinking of starting a business, and who have recently opened a business, better understand their Indiana business tax obligations.

The Indiana Tax Handbook for New and Small Business Owners walks readers through:

  • Selecting a business structure.
  • Selecting a business name.
  • Registering with the Indiana Secretary of State.
  • Determining which taxes to pay at the state and federal levels.
  • Registering with the IRS.
  • Registering with the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Additionally, it discusses the following tax types, including how to register, file, and pay:

  • Personal income tax
  • Business income tax
  • Income tax withholding
  • Nonresident shareholder withholding
  • Sales tax
  • Use tax
  • Food and beverage tax
  • Motor vehicle tax
  • County innkeeper’s tax
  • Special taxes
  • Other fees

The handbook is available online at It was created as part of the department’s Business Outreach Education Program.

Your dreams are waiting. Download the handbook today!

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