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Half a million taxpayers may be able to e-file for free

BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 31, 2017 — 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 and click on the “Free individual income tax e-file” link (under the “Quick Picks” section).   

The Tax Commission’s free e-file page links to companies that offer free electronic filing for selected groups of taxpayers. If taxpayers don’t use these links, they may be asked to pay for e-filing a state return when they e-file a federal return at no cost. 

“Last year more than 500,000 Idaho taxpayers most likely qualified to e-file for free,” said Renee Eymann, public information officer for the Tax Commission. “But only about 12,000 of them took advantage of the free-file option. We want to make more people aware of this service to help them save money,” she added. 

The companies listed on the website offer different levels of service, so taxpayers should look carefully at each provider to see which free filing offers they qualify for. Those who choose to e-file must use the same provider to file both their federal and state returns.  

Electronic filing is a fast, easy way to file taxes and allows taxpayers to get a quicker refund than if they file by paper. It produces virtually error-free returns because the program does the math for filers. The Tax Commission partnered with the IRS and software developers to provide the free electronic filing service.  

Taxpayers should note that the free income tax e-file option isn’t offered through the Tax Commission’s Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) system. TAP only provides e-filing for permit-based returns. For more information, taxpayers can call the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.      


Published 01-31-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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1009-G Information

Did you receive a Form 1099-G from us and have questions about it?  Check out our 1099-G webpage for more information. 


Published 01-27-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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Employers: Form 967 and W-2s due Jan. 31

Employers: Remember to file your Form 967 and W-2s by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Use TAP (Taxpayer Access Point) for the fastest and easiest way to file. For more information, see A Guide to Idaho Income Tax Withholding.



Published 01-26-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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Tips to get your Idaho refund faster

BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 26, 2017 — Now that the Idaho State Tax Commission has begun processing 2016 Idaho individual income tax returns, we’re providing some tips on how taxpayers can help their income tax refund process faster. (Read more)

Published 01-26-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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Due dates, security news, contractor info, lodging January Tax Update Newsletter

Read about the new due date for employers filing Form 967 and W-2s, enhanced security for TAP, income tax refunds, short-term lodging rentals, guidance for contractors, refund information, and more in the January 2017 issue of Tax Update - the Tax Commission's newsletter for the business community.

Published 01-25-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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Cybercriminals or Legitimate Clients?

In a recent email, the IRS warned that cybercriminals have new and clever email schemes where they pose as clients soliciting tax professional’s services.

These latest phishing emails come in typically two stages:

  • The solicitation, "I need a preparer to file my taxes."
  • The second email typically has either an embedded web address or contains a PDF attachment that has an embedded web address.

Tax professionals may think they’re downloading a potential client's tax information. In reality, the cybercriminals are collecting the preparer's email address and password and possibly other information.

The IRS urges tax professionals and tax preparation firms to consider creating internal policies or obtain security experts' recommendations on how to address unsolicited emails seeking their services. [Read more.]

TIP: Never respond to or click on a link in an unsolicited email or PDF attachment from an unknown sender.

Published 01-20-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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