Many Hoosiers Eligible For Free Federal And State Tax Filing

Generally, taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is less than $57,000 dollars can file their federal and state individual income taxes for free, online.

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The Indiana Department of Revenue will make the program available to about a million Hoosiers.

About one million Hoosier taxpayers will be eligible to file their federal and state individual income tax returns for free using a new program unveiled Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue.

The new system, called Indiana freefile, is a program of the Internal Revenue Service. Generally, taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is less than $57,000 – either individually or combined with a spouse’s – can file their federal and state individual income taxes for free, online.

Department of Revenue Commissioner John Eckart says a benefit to using the system also involves tax refunds.

“If they file electronically,” he says “they can find that they will have their refund processed in seven to ten days versus paper; that can take as much as six to 12 weeks.”

Hoosiers can visit the IRS or Department of Revenue websites beginning in mid-January and click on the freefile link to find out if they’re eligible for the program.

Indiana freefile replaces I-File, which users didn’t like because they couldn’t use the system to file both their state and federal tax returns

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. 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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