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Contact: Bob Dittmer, APR
(317) 234-3793

Indiana Tax Tips January 2012

Indianapolis (Jan. 24, 2012) The tax filing season has begun. Here are a few tips for Hoosier taxpayers:

  1. Remember this year the deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  1. Choose your filing method wisely.
    1. Filing electronically is easy and fast, and you receive any refund in as little as 7-10 days if you use direct deposit.
    2. There are a number of options available, including using paid online preparers, a local tax preparer, or INfreefile if you qualify (www.freefile.dor.in.gov).
    3. Up to a million Hoosier taxpayers will qualify for INfreefile. Visit the site and see if you are one.
    4. Filing paper returns is still acceptable. Just remember it takes much longer to process paper returns – up to 12 weeks.
  1. Looking for a tax preparer? Here are some things to look for when making your decision:
    1. Find out what the service fees are before your return is prepared. Avoid preparers who base their fees on a percentage of the amount of your refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.
    2. Only use a tax professional who provides you a copy of your return to keep for your records.
    3. Avoid tax preparers who ask you to sign a blank tax form.
    4. Choose a tax preparer that will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
    5. Ask questions. Get referrals from family and friends. Check with the Better Business Bureau. See if the tax preparer belongs to professional organizations.
    6. Before you sign your tax return, or authorize it to be filed electronically, review the return and ask questions.
  1. Don’t forget to pay your “use tax.” Use tax is required for Indiana taxpayers who purchase items online or otherwise where no sales tax is collected by the retailer. In those cases, you should declare your purchase amounts and pay a use tax equal to the seven percent Indiana sales tax.

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