AZ Department of Revenue electronic tax season opens January 30 | News
For all those eager taxpayers out there, Arizona’s electronic filing season will start along with the IRS’, on January 30.
Arizona’s electronic income tax returns are processed and accepted through the Internal Revenue Service first. What this means for filers is they can’t file their Arizona income taxes, via e-file until January 30 when the IRS portal opens.
The Arizona Department of Revenue will begin processing electronic individual income tax returns beginning on January 30. For more information about the IRS announcement, here is the link http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Plans-Jan.-30-Tax-Season-Opening-For...
For those who are filing electronically Arizona forms and instructions are available now to print at www.azdor.gov for taxpayers to do their state returns.
However, due to the IRS not opening their filing season until January 30, and not having Federal returns available, it may be difficult to prepare an Arizona return because the starting point of the Arizona return is the Federal Adjusted Gross Income.
There is no advantage to filing a paper return instead of using E-file. E-file software offers easy step-by-step instructions, assists in detecting costly errors before filing, and taxpayers can receive their refund in as little as ten days with direct deposit.
For those who owe, they can still e-file and pay electronically by April 15, to avoid penalties and interest.
Low income taxpayers and active military personnel can take advantage of a partnership between the state of Arizona and private sector companies who provide free state and federal tax preparation with e-filing services to qualified Arizona taxpayers.
Arizona Free File Alliance is in its eighth year. This program is a public-private partnership between the Arizona Department of Revenue and a group of tax preparation software companies. Participating tax software companies use individual criteria to determine which taxpayers are eligible; most eligible Arizona taxpayers have a lower-income, are active duty military, EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) eligible, seniors, or students.
Arizona Free File Alliance allows taxpayers to choose from multiple free file offerings and directs them to a private company’s website where they can use the free service to prepare and file their returns electronically.
For those who would like to take advantage of this program, start by using the link http://www.azdor.gov/EServices/Individuals.aspx on the Arizona Department of Revenue website.
The deadline for filing tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2013.
For additional information, please go to the department’s website, www.azdor.gov
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