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INfreefile offers some free tax filing online

The following statement was issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Revenue:

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2014) – This tax season nearly 1 million Hoosier taxpayers will qualify to file their federal AND state taxes online for free through Indiana freefile (INfreefile).

If a taxpayer has an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $58,000 or less during 2013, the Indiana Department of Revenue can offer her free federal and state tax filing online.

Last year, more than 119,000 taxpayers used INfreefile to file their Indiana taxes. Taxpayers should visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to see if they qualify for INfreefile based on the vendors’ options. If they qualify, all taxpayers have to do is click the vendor of their choice and complete their tax returns online.

“Indiana freefile saves qualified taxpayers time and money.” said Bill Bahler, deputy commissioner of tax administration. “Users can file both their federal and state taxes at the same time and place using professional software, at no cost. That’s pretty hard to beat.”

This year, six vendors provide an easy and secure way to file taxes online. The vendors participating in INfreefile include 1040Now, H&R Block, OLT OnLine Taxes, TaxAct, TaxSlayer and Turbo Tax.

There are many advantages to electronically filing:

-Faster refunds—e-filed returns are processed in less than two weeks, while a paper return can take up to 12 weeks.

-Better security—fewer people see your information.

-Get more or pay less—e-filing software may suggest credits and deductions you might not have known about.

-Better accuracy—electronic returns have a 2 percent error rate versus 20 percent for paper returns.

Indiana is one of more than 20 states, including the District of Colombia, who are members of the Free File Alliance, a partnership between the IRS and private tax preparers that has been offering free tax service in states around the country since 2003. The program brings professional tax services to a wide range of income levels.

If taxpayers have any questions specific to their return, the department encourages them to contact us online at www.in.gov/dor/3392.htm or call (317) 232-2240.

To watch a video about INfreefile, visit www.in.gov/dor/4811.htm.

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