Department of Revenue Anticipates Notable Changes

Americans get three extra days to do their taxes this year.

2010 Form 1040

Photo: Internal Revenue Service

Federal holiday coincides with tax day.

Officials from the Indiana Department of Revenue say there are a couple of notable changes taxpayers should be aware of before they file.

One of the biggest changes isn’t coming from the state of Indiana, but from Washington, D.C. Because of Emancipation Day, celebrated this year on April 15th in Washington, D.C. federal offices will be closed. That means federal and state taxes will be due by April 18th. Stephanie McFarland, a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Revenue, says there’s also a new credit on state income taxes this year regarding school scholarships.

“That’s available based on contributions to scholarship granting institutions and the credit is equal to essentially half of whatever your contribution is,” McFarland said.

This is the first year the Indiana Department of Revenue is not sending paper forms directly to taxpayers. McFarland says people who do not want to e-file can still get the forms at their local library or Department of Revenue office.

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