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Tax Commission News Release

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.  

As in previous years, all Idaho tax returns will go through accuracy checks and a fraud review before any refunds are issued. As part of new safeguard measures, some taxpayers may be asked to verify that they filed a return or to verify their identity before a refund is issued.

E-filing a return is the quickest way to receive a refund, and adding the direct deposit option gets money in the bank even faster.  

E-filers: Generally, expect to receive your refund about seven weeks from the date you receive your acknowledgement from the state.

Paper filers: Your return will take about 10-11 weeks to process. (This is three to four weeks longer than an e-filed return because of the time it takes to manually enter information from paper returns into our database.)

First-time filers: If our online refund system tells you that your return isn’t in the Tax Commission’s system, please be patient. It takes about three weeks to enter a first-time filer into the system. It will then take seven to 11 more weeks to get your refund, depending on whether you e-file or file by paper.

Taxpayers who receive a letter from the Tax Commission asking for more information should respond as soon as possible so their return can continue processing. 

Taxpayers can get help by visiting our website at, check their refund status by clicking on the orange “Where’s My Refund?” button on the top of every main page on our site, or get other questions answered by calling the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.

The deadline to file 2015 income taxes is April 18, which follows the federal income tax due date.

Posted 01-14-2016
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