Idaho State Tax Commission

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Low-income and senior citizens can get one-on-one free income tax help

BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 10, 2016 — Senior citizens and low-income taxpayers of any age can find free help to prepare their income tax returns at tax preparation sites throughout Idaho. Taxpayers can find the sites closest to them by going to the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website, tax.idaho.gov, and clicking on the “Free Income Tax Help” link under the “Quick Picks” section. The sites, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation, are listed together by county. (Read more)

Published 02-10-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Idaho conforms to federal Internal Revenue Code

Idaho law conforms to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as of Jan. 1, 2016. See House Bill 425 signed by Governor Otter on February 9, 2016.

  • Idaho conforms to the IRC section 179 expense provisions. You can claim the IRC section 179 expense on your Idaho return to the extent you claim this deduction on your federal income tax return. 
  • Idaho doesn’t conform to bonus depreciation.  

Since Congress extended the federal provisions for a general sales tax deduction, as well as tuition and related expenses, you can report these expenses as follows:  

  • Report a deduction for state and local sales tax on: Form 40, line 14, or Form 43, line 34.
  • Report qualified tuition and related expenses on: Form 40—these items will be part of your federal adjusted gross income (AGI), or Form 43, line 22

Idaho conforms to the new federal repair regulations but doesn’t require documentation of that change other than what’s required at the federal level.  

Published 02-09-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Half a million taxpayers may be able to e-file for free

BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 3, 2016 — Taxpayers who want to file both their federal and state income tax returns online for free should visit the Idaho State Tax Commission website at tax.idaho.gov and click on the “Free individual income tax e-file” link (under the “Quick Picks” section). (Read more)

Published 02-03-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Decisions posted to the website in December 2015 and January 2016

The following decisions were posted to the website in December 2015 and January 2016. They were issued in September 2015:

Individual

Sales

Corporation

Circuit Breaker

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding decisions, please contact taxdecisions@tax.idaho.gov.

Published 01-29-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Tax Commission steps up fraud detection and prevention efforts

BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 27, 2016 — Because identity theft is a very real and increasing threat, the Idaho State Tax Commission has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the tax software industry to develop stronger fraud detection and prevention tools for all aspects of the tax filing process in 2016. (Read more)

Published 01-27-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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You may qualify for a grocery credit refund even if you don’t earn enough to file taxes

BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 20, 2016 — Idaho residents who don’t normally make enough money to file an income tax return can still get a refund of the grocery tax credit for 2015. The tax credit, which offsets the sales tax on groceries, is $100 for most Idaho residents who aren’t required to file an income tax return, plus $100 for each of their dependents. Residents age 65 and older get $20 more. (Read more)

Published 01-20-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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