Tax Commission News Release
Tax Commission website offers free online tax filing
BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 27, 2014 — Taxpayers looking for a way to file their federal and state income tax returns for free can start by visiting the Idaho State Tax Commission website at tax.idaho.gov. Without going through the Tax Commission’s website, taxpayers may be asked to pay for filing a state return when they file the federal return at no cost.
Although taxpayers can e-file their 2013 individual income tax returns now, the Free File companies will hold their returns until Jan. 31, when both the Idaho State Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will accept the returns and start processing them. So, even if returns are filed before Jan. 31, refund time frames can only be calculated once taxpayers receive a confirmation of acceptance from the Tax Commission or IRS.
“Last year three-fourths of Idahoans filed their individual income taxes online,” said Doreen Warren, Revenue Operations administrator for the Tax Commission. “But of the 590,000 who e-filed, only about 26,000 of them took advantage of the Free File program. We’d like to get the word out about these free opportunities and see if we can help more people save money,” she added.
To view free filing options, Web users should go to the Tax Commission’s website 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 IRS 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 mark 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.
Taxpayers can also get help with their basic tax questions by calling the Tax Commission at 334-7660 in the Boise area or (800) 972-7660 toll free.