Tax Commission News Release
Tax Commission website offers free online tax filing page
BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 23, 2012 — Taxpayers can go to one website to choose among several software companies that provide free online filing for federal and state income tax returns, according to the Idaho State Tax Commission.
“If more people knew about the free-file option we promote, we could have helped more than 300,000 Idaho taxpayers keep more money in their pockets last year,” said Lisa Schroeder, income tax e-file coordinator for the Tax Commission.
“Last year almost two thirds of Idahoans filed their individual income taxes online,” Schroeder added. “Of those e-filed returns, nearly 316,000 taxpayers qualified for free online filing, but only about 14,000 taxpayers took advantage of it. In this economic climate, we’d like to help everyone save their money.”
To view free-filing options, Web users should go the Tax Commission’s home page at tax.idaho.gov and then click on the Free individual income tax filing link under the “Quick Picks” section. Those who choose to e-file must use the same provider to file both their federal and state returns.
The companies listed on this page offer different levels of service, so taxpayers should look carefully at each provider to see which free-filing offers they qualify for. Three of the software companies linked from the Tax Commission’s website offer both federal and state filing for free, while one charges for the federal return but provides a free state filing. The Tax Commission partnered with the Internal Revenue Service and software developers to provide this free service to taxpayers.
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. Taxpayers can also get help by calling the Tax Commission at (800) 972-7660 toll free or 334-7660 in the Boise area.