Time to File Taxes

(UNDATED) – January is here and it’s time to think about filing your taxes.

USA.gov has information to help individuals find out if they need to file federal taxes, how to get the required forms and instructions, and what to do about a late W-2 form.

A good place to start is under the “How to File Your Federal Taxes” topic. In order to file taxes, some initial decisions will need to be made. First, the person filing will need to know how much money they made. Then they will need to decide whether to take the standard deduction or itemize their return. This page lists the steps to take, including what paperwork is needed, how to figure out a filing status and how to file.

The IRS recommends using tax preparation software to e-file for the easiest and most accurate returns.

If someone owes money, they can learn how to make a tax payment, including applying for a payment plan. Or if they paid too much, they could find out how to check the status of their tax refund.

Under “Get Help with Your Taxes,” one can learn if they are eligible to get free tax assistance.

Don’t forget to look at the IRS scams section. It includes a video of IRS scam imposters, how to avoid these scams and how to report them.

Information about filing Indiana state taxes can be found here. Online services include checking a refund, INfreefile for individual income tax, information on how to make a payment plan and tax forms to download or print.