Indiana Department of Revenue

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Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Apr 11, 2018
Hoosiers who use paper to file their taxes must have them in the mail by April 17. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Hoosiers have a little less than a week left to file their taxes for 2017.

Those who file their state and federal taxes online can submit electronically any time before April 18. For those who use paper to file, Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp says their returns must be in the mail by April 17.

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Hoosiers who owe back taxes have only a few days left to take advantage of Indiana’s 2015 tax amnesty program.  The program, which began in mid-September, ends Monday and the state is on track to collect its target amount.

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Indiana last month faced the first significant revenue shortfall this fiscal year, collecting $64 million less than expected.

A processing error shifted more than $86 million tax dollars collected in September to October’s balance sheets.  After accounting for that shift, the state fell short of its target revenue by nearly 6 percent last month. 

Through a third of the current fiscal year, that puts Indiana about $61 million below target, which is about 1.3 percent off the mark. 

Indiana Begins Its Second Tax Amnesty Program

Sep 16, 2015
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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.

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Indiana is beginning the new fiscal year with tax revenues below projected levels, weighed down by poor performance from corporate tax collections. 

The state struggled through much of the 2014 fiscal year that ended in June, coming in below expectations most of the year before finishing strong. 

But Indiana’s momentum stalled to begin the 2015 fiscal year, with tax collections in July a little more than five million dollars less than expected. 

The Indiana Department of Revenue held its annual public hearing Tuesday, a chance for Hoosier citizens to voice complaints and make suggestions about ways the Department can improve.  However, the meeting was sparsely attended.

Of the dozen or so people who showed up, almost all worked for the Department of Revenue.  And only one person got up to speak.

In the wake of two separate mistakes that caused more than $500 million in tax dollars to be misplaced, Governor Mitch Daniels ordered an independent audit of the state Department of Revenue.  At a meeting Monday, the state budget committee could make its recommendation as to who will conduct the audit.

Indiana collected $159 million more in revenue in April than expected. 

Total revenue collections last month represent an increase of more than 25% versus the same month a year ago.

Governor Daniels says a major reason for that dramatic increase is greater efficiency within the Department of Revenue.  The department processed significantly more tax returns last month than it ever had before, which led in part to the higher-than-expected revenue.

Daniels says, as a result, May’s figures might be a little lower than forecast, but he’s pleased.

Millions of dollars in income tax revenue has been withheld from counties because of another programming error at the state Department of Revenue.  As a result, the head of the Department of Revenue is stepping down.

Roughly $206 million of Local Option Income Tax funds were supposed to be distributed to Indiana counties since January of 2011, but were incorrectly stored in the state’s General Fund.  That comes after the state announced only four months ago more than $300 million in corporate tax revenue was mistakenly withheld from the General Fund.