April 20, 2016

Oops! Here's What To Do If You Missed The Tax Deadline

The Indiana Department of Revenue said Hoosiers still should file their individual income tax returns and pay any tax owed to minimize penalties and interest charges. - Doug Jaggers

The Indiana Department of Revenue said Hoosiers still should file their individual income tax returns and pay any tax owed to minimize penalties and interest charges.

Doug Jaggers
Staff Report -- TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — The April 18 deadline to pay income tax has come and gone, but taxpayers who missed the deadline aren’t off the hook.

The Indiana Department of Revenue said Hoosiers still should file their individual income tax returns and pay any tax owed to minimize penalties and interest charges.

Even if you’re late paying your taxes, you are still encouraged to file electronically. Electronically-filed returns generally are processed within two weeks, while paper returns can take up to 12 weeks to process. Electronic filing can also help cut down on errors because the software does math for taxpayers and can ask questions to help determine which tax credits or deductions are available.

Indiana freefile, also known as INfreefile, is the Indiana Department of Revenue’s free online filing program. It is still available for qualified taxpayers to file federal and state taxes. Taxpayers can go online to Freefile.DOR.IN.gov to see if they qualify.

Taxpayers who owe money can pay online through the Indiana Department of Revenue’s secure ePay site.

If a taxpayer cannot pay the full amount due, the department recommends the individual pay as much as possible to reduce interest charges and penalties. The taxpayer will receive a bill from the Indiana Department of Revenue for the remainder of the amount due.

After receiving the bill, taxpayers can check to see if they qualify for payment plans. Taxpayers qualify if they owe more than $100 and can pay at least 20 percent down.

Anyone who filed for extensions of time to file must file their individual income tax returns and pay any remaining tax owed by November 14.

If you need assistance or have questions about their tax returns or making payments, you can contact the Indiana Department of Revenue at 317-232-2240.

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