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Contact: Stephanie McFarland, APR
(317) 234-3793

State Revenue Agency Launches New Online Tax Education Center for Businesses

(INDIANAPOLIS – May 05, 2009) – Indiana businesses – from sole proprietors to corporations – now have access to a centralized tax education center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Indiana Department of Revenue recently launched its New and Small Business Education Center, which offers businesses a road map for working through the maze of tax laws and resources they need to help them understand and pay their Indiana business taxes.

“One of the toughest challenges new and, particularly, small businesses face is understanding the tax process,” Revenue Commissioner John Eckart said. “Our challenge is to provide them with easy-to-understand resources and a place where they can get that information readily and quickly. We find most business taxpayers want to be compliant in paying their taxes. They just need the right information.” 

Revenue’s new web-based tool offers video presentations and resources organized according to specific business structures, from sole proprietors to nonprofits to partnerships to corporations. “Videos about common tax scenarios for each business structure as well as frequently asked questions and links to online filing and payment tools and to other crucial agencies are all provided within the tool,” Eckart said. “For example, a small business that plans to hire employees and sell food and beverages or liquor can get all the information they need to get their business started off on the right track.”

With the economic downturn, small businesses throughout Indiana are looking for ways to save money, and Revenue’s New and Small Business Education Center is helping with that effort.

“We strive to stay in compliance with all [tax] changes,” says Carolyn Hubbard of Parsons Design of Indiana, LLC. “As a small business, we so appreciate any help we can get without spending money at this difficult time.”

To date, more than 15,000 Hoosier businesses have visited the site and more than 300 have signed up as regular subscribers.

The Department plans to update the site with new sections, videos and audio casts over the coming months. It also is planning a survey of all subscribers to determine what other upgrades and updates it can make to further help new and small businesses.   

The Indiana Department of Revenue’s New and Small Business Education Center can be found at www.smallbiz.in.gov/

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