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What does the Taxpayer Advocate Office do?!
November 9, 2016

Have you ever experienced a tax issue that could not be resolved through the Indiana Department of Revenue’s normal processes? If an issue cannot be resolved through normal processes, the Taxpayer Advocate Office is available to assist you. Read more...

What does the Enforcement Division do?
October 19, 2016

Like Indiana businesses, the Indiana Department of Revenue is made up of many different people who work together to serve Hoosier taxpayers. The Enforcement Division is one such group of people. Read more...

Back to School Credits and Deductions
August 31, 2016

It’s that time again – school is back in session! As students prepare to return to classrooms and universities across the state, don’t forget that Indiana offers several education related credits and deductions. Read more...

Indiana, A Unique Approach to Taxation
August 10, 2016

Throughout history, Indiana has taken a unique approach to some elements of taxation. Read more...

Tax Warrant Expungement Request Reminder
July 20, 2016


Do you have a tax warrant on your record? Have you submitted a request for tax warrant expungement? Read more...

Reading Your Tax Bill
July 13, 2016

It's that time of year again - tax bills are in the mail. If you receive a bill and your mind floods with questions, there's no need to fret. We're here to give you the resources you need. Read more...

Important Tax Deadline Looming for Hoosier Seniors
June 22, 2016


The Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly, Indiana's refundable credit for low-income senior citizens, must be claimed by June 30, 2016. Read more...

Amnesties Across America - Part 2
June 8, 2016


As discussed in our Amnesties Across America blog post earlier this year, Indiana was one of many states to conduct a tax amnesty program in fall 2015. Let’s take a look at the outcomes of each of these tax amnesty programs. Read more...

Last Call for Tax Amnesty 2015 Payment Plans
June 1, 2016


Are you one of the thousands of taxpayers on a Tax Amnesty 2015 payment plan? If so, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind. Read more...

Start Your Engines!
May 25, 2016


As we approach the 100th running of this monumental event, let’s take a few minutes to see how the Indiana Department of Revenue ties into the greatest spectacle in racing. Read more...

Don't Forget Your Tax Amnesty 2015 Payment Plan
May 18, 2016

Were you one of the many taxpayers who participated in Tax Amnesty 2015? Did you set up a Tax Amnesty 2015 payment plan? Don’t forget all Tax Amnesty 2015 payment plans must be satisfied by June 15, 2016. Read more...

How to Prepare Now for Next Tax Season
April 27, 2016


It's never too early to start planning ahead! Although the individual income tax season just ended April 18, there are a number of things you can do now and throughout 2016 to ensure you're prepared and ready when the next tax season rolls around. Read more...

I missed the deadline! What now?
April 20, 2016


Did you miss the April 18, 2016 individual income tax filing deadline? If so, it's important to file as soon as possible to reduce penalty and interest. Read more...

Tax Filing Deadline is Today
April 18, 2016


The window to file your individual income tax return closes today. Read more...

Last Chance to File for Free This Year!
April 13, 2016

Haven’t filed your individual income taxes yet? You still have time to use Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to electronically file your state and federal income taxes for free! Read more...

What do you do if you owe taxes?
April 11, 2016

The individual income tax filing deadline is almost here. Are you finding it difficult to pay your taxes? We've got helpful suggestions. Read more...

How to Avoid Refund Delays
April 6, 2016

We know you are excited to receive your state tax refund as quickly as possible. The best way to avoid any refund delays is to make sure you don’t make these three common mistakes. Read more...

Identity Protection Program Update
April 4, 2016


As the end of the individual income tax season draws near, the Indiana Department of Revenue's Identity Protection Program continues to protect Hoosiers and the state from identity theft and tax refund fraud. Read more...

Avoid Common Tax Mistakes
March 30, 2016

Have you ever submitted your tax return only to discover an error? Read more...

How to File for an Extension
March 28, 2016

Do you need more time to file your individual income taxes? If you can’t meet the April 18 deadline to file, there’s no need to panic. Read more...

New Video Available: Tax Time: An Indiana Taxpayer's Tax Season Survival Guide
March 24, 2016

With only a few weeks left in this individual income tax season, we know you may be stressed. Tax Time: An Indiana Taxpayer's Tax Season Survival Guide is now available. Read more...

How can I file an amended return?
March 23, 2016

Taxes can be confusing, and sometimes we make mistakes. Learn how to file an amended return. Read more...

Tax Season by the Numbers - Part 2
March 21, 2016

There are only 28 days remaining in this year’s individual income tax season. With tax season winding down, let’s see how the numbers add up. Read more...

Where's My Refund?
March 16, 2016


About two-thirds of Indiana taxpayers will receive a tax refund this year. If you are eager to receive yours, consider filing your tax return electronically. Read more...

Looking for Free Tax Assistance?
March 14, 2016

Don’t let the filing process stress you out. There are many organizations that offer free assistance and can help you through the process. Read more...

Tips for Filing Your State Tax Return
March 9, 2016


Whether you have years of tax filing experience under your belt or consider yourself a tax newbie, these six tips will help you have a simple and stress-free tax season. Read more...

How does the department process returns?
March 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered how the department processes your tax returns? Read more...

Protect Your Child's Identity
March 2, 2016

Have you ever checked your child's credit report? Read more...

How can you contact the Department of Revenue if you need help?
February 29, 2016

For many Hoosiers, the idea of tax season can be stressful and unnerving. But, it doesn't have to be. Read more...

Protecting Your Identity: Helpful Tips to Keep Your Identity Safe
February 26, 2016

It's the time of year when we scramble to gather our W-2s to file taxes before the April 18 individual income tax deadline. Read more...

Five Questions to Ask Your Tax Preparer
February 25, 2016


It's important to remember that you are responsible for what is on your tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. Read more...

Learn More About the INfreefile Vendors
February 22, 2016

Have you filed your individual income tax returns this year? You still have time to use Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to electronically file your state and federal income taxes for free! Read more...

Tax Season by the Numbers
February 17, 2016

We're a month into this year's tax season, so let's see how the numbers add up compared to previous tax seasons. Read more...

How the Department Works to Protect Your Identity
February 10, 2016

Have you noticed mysterious withdrawals from your account? Have you gotten a bill you don’t recognize? Read more... 

Protect Resources for Tax Preparers and Volunteers
February 8, 2016

Year after year, many Hoosier taxpayers rely on the expertise and guidance of tax preparers and volunteers to file their taxes. Read more...

File Your Taxes For Free!
February 3, 2016

Consider using Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file your federal and state income taxes online for free. Read more...

Top Tips for First Time Filers
February 1, 2016

Each year, there are more new Hoosier taxpayers. Read more...

Commonly Claimed Deductions and Credits
January 25, 2016


Many taxpayers are eligible to claim credits and deductions when filing their taxes. Read more...

Identity Protection Program Overview
January 20, 2016

Tax Season is here! It is time to begin thinking about filing your taxes before the April 18, 2016 deadline. Read more...

Tax Season Survival Tips
January 6, 2016


The Indiana Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will open the 2016 tax filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 19, 2016. Read more...

Tax Season Checklist
December 23, 2015

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget tax season is right around the corner. Read more...

Tax Season Opening Soon
December 21, 2015

While the official date for the beginning of tax season 2016 has yet to be announced, it’s important to be prepared in advance. Read more...

Counties Change Their Income Tax Rates
December 16, 2015

Each time a county establishes a new county tax rate or adjusts an existing one, that information is reported to the Indiana Department of Revenue. Read more...

Tax Amnesty 2015 Initial Report
December 7, 2015


As of Dec. 1, the department has collected more than $100 million in cash payments through the program, fully satisfying the goal to collect at least $90 million. Read more...

2015 Indiana Individual Income Tax Forms Online
December 3, 2015


In preparation for this year’s tax season, the 2015 Indiana individual income tax forms and schedules are now available online. Read more...

Last Call for Tax Amnesty 2015
November 12, 2015


It’s not too late to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015, a limited-time opportunity for both individuals and business to pay past-due taxes free of penalty, interest and collection fees. Read more...

Inside DOR - What does the Taxpayer Advocate Office do?
November 4, 2015


The Taxpayer Advocate Office is designed to address complex and special tax situations that could not be resolved through the normal collection process. Read more...

Income Tax Rates Change for a Few Indiana Counties
October 7, 2015

Each time a county establishes a new county tax rate or adjusts an existing one, that information is reported to the department. This information is used to publish Departmental Notice #1. Read more...

Amnesties Across America
October 5, 2015


Did you know Indiana isn’t the only state currently conducting a tax amnesty program? Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma all launched tax amnesty programs in September. Read more...

Tax Warrant Expungement Overview
September 30, 2015

Eligible taxpayers can apply to have tax warrants expunged from their records. Read more...

Contact Us with Tax Amnesty 2015 Questions
September 21, 2015


Do you want to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015 but don’t know where to start? Read more...

Tax Amnesty 2015 Begins Today!
September 15, 2015

Tax Amnesty 2015 begins today! Tax Amnesty 2015 is a limited-time opportunity for both individuals and businesses to pay past-due taxes free of penalty, interest, and collection fees. Read more...

5 Questions You Might Have During Tax Amnesty 2015
September 2, 2015

Tax Amnesty 2015 is just around the corner! Tax Amnesty 2015 is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to pay past-due taxes free of penalty, interest, and collection fees. Read more...

Tax Amnesty 2015 Eligibility Period Overview
August 24, 2015


Are you one of the 260,000 Indiana taxpayers eligible to participate in Tax Amnesty 2015? Read more...

Tax Amnesty 2015 Letters Coming Soon to Eligible Taxpayers
August 19, 2015


More than 260,000 Indiana taxpayers are eligible to participate in Tax Amnesty 2015. These taxpayers soon will receive a letter from the Indiana Department of Revenue announcing their eligibility. Read more...

Back to School Credits and Deductions
August 17, 2015


While you are preparing yourself for the new school year, don’t forget that Indiana offers education related credits and deductions that may help make the most of your money. Read more...

Free Tax Amnesty 2015 Presentations Available
August 10, 2015 

To ensure all eligible taxpayers have the information needed to participate in this limited-time opportunity, the department is partnering with local organizations to host free Tax Amnesty 2015 presentations across Indiana. Read more...

Tax Amnesty 2015 Coming This Fall
July 22, 2015


The Indiana Department of Revenue will conduct Tax Amnesty 2015 from Sept. 15, 2015 through Nov. 16, 2015. Tax Amnesty 2015 is a limited-time opportunity for both individuals and businesses to pay past-due taxes free of penalty, interest, and collection fees. Read more...

District Offices Can Assist with Tax Bills
July 8, 2015


Are you confused about a tax bill you recently received in the mail? An Indiana Department of Revenue representative can help, and we may be closer than you think. Read more...

Annual Hearing Recap
June 26, 2015

Each year, Hoosier taxpayers are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about the administration of Indiana taxes with the commissioner and other representatives from the Indiana Department of Revenue. This year’s annual hearing was held on June 23, 2015. Read more...

2015 Legislative Update
June 24, 2015 

With the conclusion of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, let’s take a look at the legislation that was passed and consider how it will affect Indiana taxpayers. Read more...

Low-Income Elderly Tax Credit Must be Claimed by June 30, 2015
June 18, 2015

Indiana has a refundable credit for low-income senior citizens known as the Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly, and it must be claimed by June 30, 2015. Read more...

Share Your Thoughts at the Annual Public Hearing
June 10, 2015

Do you have concerns or suggestions about how the department writes letters, sends billings, or handles your tax return? If so, now is your chance to provide your feedback. Read more...

Tax Bills Part 2: Ways to Pay Your Bill
June 5, 2015

There are several options for paying your bills. Read more...

Tax Bills Part 1: The Different Kinds of Bills
June 3, 2015


If you recently received a tax bill in the mail, you're not alone. Read more...

Estimated Tax Series Part 3: How to Pay Estimated Taxes
June 2, 2015


There are several options to pay your estimated taxes. You can pay online, by mail, or with an installment carryover. Read more...

Estimated Tax Series Part 2: How to Estimate Payments
May 26, 2015


Sometimes it is challenging to estimate how much income you'll make. Read more...

Estimated Tax Series Part 1: What Are Estimated Taxes?
May 18, 2015

The Indiana income tax system is basically a “pay-as-you-go” system. Taxes are automatically taken out of our paychecks. However, if you have income from non-wage sources, such as from dividends, interest, farm income, or rental income, no taxes are withheld. The “pay-as-you-go” requirement still applies. Read more...

What happens if you can't pay what you owe?
April 13, 2015

Sometimes you file your taxes and end up with a nice refund. Sometimes you owe money. Sometimes, you can't pay the full amount right away. Here are some tips to continue moving forward. Read more...

Beware of Convincing Scams
April 8, 2015

A national telephone tax scam now takes aim at Indiana. This scam involves a call from a person claiming to be from the Indiana Department of Revenue. Read more...

How is income from other states reported and taxed?
April 6, 2015 

If you receive income from Indiana sources, it’s likely you’ll pay income tax to Indiana. But what happens if you’re an Indiana resident and earn income from other states? Read more...

How to Extend Your Tax Filing Deadline
April 1, 2015

The April 15 deadline to file your individual income taxes is fast approaching. If you’ve waited to file, there’s no need to panic. The Department of Revenue offers resources to help Indiana taxpayers. Read more...

How can I get assistance from the Indiana Department of Revenue?
March 30, 2015


For many Hoosiers, the thought of taxes can be stressful and unnerving. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to get in touch with an Indiana Department of Revenue representative. Read more...

Resources for Spanish-Speaking Taxpayers
March 25, 2015


The Department of Revenue recognizes not all Indiana taxpayers speak English. In fact, nearly 10 percent of Indiana residents speak a language other than English at home. Read more...

Time is Running Out - File for Free!
March 18, 2015


The Department of Revenue offers a number of resources to help Hoosier taxpayers breathe a sigh of relief this tax season. In fact, nearly two million Hoosier taxpayers qualify to file their federal AND state taxes online for free with Indiana freefile. Read more...

How does Indiana process electronically-filed returns?
March 16, 2015


More than three million Hoosiers file individual income tax returns each year, and two-thirds of those taxpayers will receive a refund. But what happens from the time you file your return to the time you receive your refund? Read more...

Most Commonly Claimed Credits and Deductions
March 12, 2015

Many taxpayers are eligible to claim credits and deductions when filing their taxes. Read more...

 

 

 

 

Identity Protection Resources
March 6, 2015
Here are three important websites for identity protection. Read more...

Protect Your Child's Identity
March 4, 2015


There actually is strong merit for checking your child’s credit report: Children are prime targets for identity theft. Read more...

Protecting Your Identity: The Identity Confirmation Quiz
March 2, 2015


The department has special security features in its tax processing system. These security features make up the department’s identity protection program. The program specifically looks at the identity information in each tax return, making sure each taxpayer is who he says he is. Read more...

7 Things First-time Filers Need to Know
Feb. 27, 2015


For new taxpayers, the department created a list of seven things first-time filers need to know. Read more...

Resources for Tax Preparers & Volunteers
Feb. 23, 2015

Even the most experienced and knowledgeable tax preparers and volunteers run into problems or have questions during tax season. Read more...

Deductions for Military Personnel
Feb. 20, 2015

Military personnel, especially those serving in combat zones, face some special tax situations and are entitled to certain deductions. Read more...

Choosing a Tax Preparer
Feb. 16, 2015

It is extremely important to find a qualified, reputable tax professional to prepare your taxes. Remember, you are legally responsible for what is on your tax return even if it is prepared by someone else, so choose your tax preparer wisely. Read more...

Where's My Refund?
Feb. 9, 2015

This time of year, many Hoosier taxpayers anxiously await their tax refunds. The quickest way to get your state tax refund is to file your taxes electronically and have your refund deposited directly to your checking or savings account. Read more...

How the Department is Protecting Your Identity
Feb. 6, 2015

This week, the Indiana Department of Revenue published a blog series about the threat of identity theft and how to protect yourself. This information might leave you asking a few questions about how the department is going to help protect you. This blog provides answers to five important questions you might have. Read more...  

A Message from an ID Thief
Feb. 4, 2015

"Hi, my name is Tom Thief, and I’m an identity thief. Today, I’m going to share with you how I plan to use your identity this tax season." Read more...

How to Protect Your Identity
Feb. 2, 2015  

Take a minute to consider these five quick tips for protecting your identity. Read more...  

File for Free with INfreefile
Jan. 28, 2015

This year, consider using  Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file your federal and state income taxes  online for free. Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $60,000 or  less could qualify for this convenient and free program. Read more...

Increased Security Features Continue in 2015
Jan 15, 2015

The department again will implement an identity protection program for the 2015 tax season to continue protecting taxpayer identities. Read more…

Tax Season Opening Soon
Jan. 5, 2015  

It’s about that time – tax season! Read on for important (and money-saving) information regarding the 2015 tax filing season. Read more... 

Tax Season Checklist
Dec. 17, 2014

Not sure how to start preparing to file your taxes? Read these quick tips to help make the upcoming tax season a success. Read more...

2014 Indiana Individual Income Tax Forms Online
Dec. 2, 2014

Want a preview of the 2014 state income tax forms? They are now online. Read more…

Indiana Tax Practitioner Institute Classes
Oct. 29, 2014

At the Indiana Tax Practitioner Institute Classes the department shares critical information about legislative changes and department updates with tax practitioners. Read more...

Tax Conference Report Released
Oct. 9, 2014

The department recently took its next step forward in simplifying the Indiana tax code by releasing a report of recommendations made at the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference. Read more...

Department Offers New and Small Business Tax Handbook
Sept. 30, 2014

A comprehensive handbook is now available for new and small Hoosier business owners. Read more...

Department Stops $39 Million in Attempted Identity Theft
Sept 9, 2014

This year, identity theft criminals attempted to seal $39 million from Hoosier taxpayers. Read more...

Education Credits and Deductions
Aug. 18, 2014

Its back to school and time to think about how credits and deductions for scholarship donations, education expenses, and 529 investments can reduce your state tax liabilities. Read more…

Have you Followed the Department on #SocialMedia?
July 21, 2014

If you’re one of the many people who prefer finding information on social media, consider following the Indiana Department of Revenue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Read more…

Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference
July 3, 2014

Last week, the department helped organize the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference at the government center with more than 40 speakers and panelists and nearly 200 attendees. Read more…

Low-income Elderly Credit Must be Claimed by June 30, 2014
June 23, 2014

Deadline for claiming credit for certain low-income Hoosier seniors rapidly approaching. Read more…

Got a Tax Bill?
June 19, 2014

If your tax bill arrives and you are unable to pay the full amount due, you might be eligible for a payment plan through the Indiana Department of Revenue. Read more...

2014 Annual Hearing Minutes Released
June 6, 2014

This year’s annual meeting was held on June 3, 2014. Read more…

Submit Your Suggestions for Improving Taxes
June 4, 2014

The state invites all Hoosiers and Hoosier businesses to submit tax simplification suggestions to be heard at the conference. Read more...

Share Your Thoughts at the Annual Public Hearing
May 15, 2014

You are cordially invited to the Indiana Department of Revenue’s annual public hearing. Read more…

Department Continues to Stop ID Theft
May 7, 2014

The April 15 tax deadline may have passed, but the identity protection program continues protecting Hoosiers from identity theft and the state from tax fraud. Read more…

Tax Law Changes – And Ways to Keep Informed
April 28, 2014

The 2014 state legislative session has ended. Here are some highlights of upcoming tax changes. Read more…

April 15 Is Here!
April 15, 2014

The April 15 individual income tax filing deadline is upon us. Here’s a rundown of last-minute filing and payment options. Read more...

What to Do if You Owe Tax
April 9, 2014

The tax filing deadline is almost here. Are you finding it difficult to pay your taxes? We’ve got helpful suggestions. Read more…

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