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Identity verification helps combat tax refund fraud

BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 7, 2017 — The Idaho State Tax Commission may ask you to prove that you are who you say you are in its effort to protect your data and keep refunds from going to criminals. The Tax Commission may contact you by mail for more information about your income tax return. (Read more)

Published 02-07-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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Form W-2 scam targeting schools, restaurants, hospitals, tribal groups, and others

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and the tax industry have issued an urgent alert to all employers of a Form W-2 email phishing scam that has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations, and nonprofits. In a related development, the W-2 scammers are coupling their efforts to steal employee W-2 information with an older scheme on wire transfers that is victimizing some organizations twice. (Read more)

Published 02-03-2017 | 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 — Feb. 2, 2017 — 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 2016. 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 02-02-2017 | Permanent link to this news item
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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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