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Indiana Begins Its Second Tax Amnesty Program

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Hoosiers now have a two-month window to pay off back taxes without any penalties, fines or interest, through Indiana’s Tax Amnesty program, which runs until November 16.

Department of Revenue Commissioner Andrew Kossack says more than 260,000 people are eligible for the tax amnesty program and will be sent letters notifying them of the opportunity.  He says the program is particularly useful for taxpayers with old debts.

“It could be that some of these taxpayers could not pay today even if they wanted to, if they had to pay interest and penalties and collection fees," Kossack says.  "So this gives them an opportunity to pay at a lower rate; we can put them on payment plans and so forth.”

The first $84 million collected by the tax amnesty program goes to the state’s new Regional Cities Initiative, with the next $6 million helping the Department of Transportation pay for the Hoosier State Rail Line.  Kossack says he’s cautiously optimistic the program will reach the $90 million mark, even though he estimates there's close to $500 million in outstanding tax debt. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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