Tax Commission News Release
Tax Commission website offers online tax filing for free
BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 20, 2013 — Taxpayers can go to one webpage 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. The key for qualified taxpayers to file for free with these companies is for them to access the companies’ online products through the Tax Commission’s website.
“If more people knew about the free-file option, we could have helped more than 450,000 Idaho taxpayers keep more money in their pockets last year,” said Doreen Warren, Revenue Operations administrator for the Tax Commission.
“Last year almost three-fourths of Idahoans filed their individual income taxes online,” Warren added. “Of those e-filed returns, more than 370,000 taxpayers qualified for free online filing, but only about 21,000 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 to 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. 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.
Another way for taxpayers to get a quicker refund is to indicate on their return that they want their refund direct deposited to their banking institution. They’ll need to include a routing number and account number for their direct deposit. Direct deposit eliminates the possibility of a lost or stolen refund check, is convenient, and is available for both e-filing and paper returns.
Low income and senior citizens with simple returns can get one-on-one tax preparation at locations throughout the state. The free help sites are organized by county on the Tax Commission’s website. Taxpayers can also get help with their basic tax questions by calling the Tax Commission at (800) 972-7660 toll free or 334-7660 in the Boise area.