Idaho State Tax Commission

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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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January 2016 Tax Update newsletter now online

The January 2016 edition of Tax Update, the Tax Commission's online newsletter for the business community, is now available online. Its articles cover withholding tips for employers, FAQs for using Taxpayer Access Point (TAP), security enhancements for filing income taxes, and links to new and updated Web pages, documents, and reports.

Published 01-15-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Idaho’s income tax filing season opens Jan. 19, along with IRS

BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 14, 2016 — The Idaho State Tax Commission will start processing 2015 Idaho individual income tax returns on Jan. 19, the same date the Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns. (Read more)

Published 01-14-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Decision posted to the website in December 2015

The following decision were posted to the website in December 2015.  The decisions were issued in August 2015.

Individual

Sales

If you have any problems or concerns with these decisions please contact me at:

Adrienne Yates • Admin Assistant
Idaho State Tax Commission • Tax Policy
Phone: (208) 334-7543 • Fax: (208) 334-7844
Email: adrienne.yates@tax.idaho.gov

Published 01-14-2016 | Permanent link to this news item
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Congress extended provisions for sales, tuition expenses

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

Teachers:

  • A part-year resident claiming expenses of elementary and secondary teachers needs to prorate those expenses as an Idaho adjustment on Form 43, line 25.
  • The deductions for state and local sales tax and for certain expenses of elementary and secondary teachers have been permanently extended.  The deduction for tuition and related expenses has been extended through 2016. 

Published 12-24-2015 | Permanent link to this news item
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