Ind. To Stop Mailing Out State Income Tax Forms

More Online Tax Filing Cited For Change

State revenue officials said Wednesday the growth of online tax filing has brought an end to the days when Indiana residents received their state income tax forms in the mail.

State Department of Revenue spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland said at a news conference that the tax agency decided not to mail out the booklets in 2011 because as many as two-thirds of Indiana residents now file their taxes electronically.

McFarland said the agency estimates the change will affect about 1 million taxpayers and save the state about $200,000 in the next fiscal year.

She also encouraged Hoosiers to file online for their best chance at taking advantage of a number of state tax credits that have legislatively mandated caps on the total amount of credits granted each year.

Those include the Energy Star Credit, School Scholarship Tax Credit, Maternity Home Tax Credit, Teacher Summer Employment Credit and Neighborhood Assistance Credit.

"We do recommend people file electronically because they're processed immediately, whereas paper returns can take several days because those are manually handled," McFarland said.

Officials also urged residents to check with their post office to make sure their address is listed correctly on their tax forms due to the United States Postal Service's mandatory address formatting measures.

"When the mailing list is correct, the postal service has to do less forwarding, therefore, saving money and saving taxpayers money," said USPS spokeswoman Kim Yates.

Taxpayers can file online at www.ifile.in.gov, download the forms online at www.in.gov/dor/4167.htm or pick up a form at a library or one of 12 DOR district offices (See list here).

The deadline for filing Indiana state income taxes in 2011 will be April 18 due to Washington, D.C.'s observance of Emancipation Day on April 15, during which federal and municipal offices in D.C. will be closed.