The top three paper filing errors were:
• Forgotten forms. If you forget to enclose that W-2 or a Schedule 2 to support a renter’s deduction or a homeowner’s property tax deduction claim, the DOR will have to send a letter requesting that information.
• Claiming more deductions and credits than entitled. For example, $3,000 is the most you can claim as a renter’s deduction; claiming more than that will cause your return to be put on hold and reviewed, which will result in a delayed refund or a bill.
• Math errors. Even with a calculator, it’s easy to miss a step, to add where we should have subtracted or to transpose some numbers when writing them down.
If a taxpayer would like to file by paper, the forms are available online at www.in.gov/dor/4546.htm, at Indiana Department of Revenue district offices (find the office nearest you at www.in.gov/dor/3390.htm) or at local libraries.
Taxpayers who have filed can check the status of their refund online at www.in.gov/dor/4339.htm.
Refunds should be received within 10 to 14 days if the taxpayer electronically filed and within 10 to 12 weeks if the taxpayer paper filed.
For more information about this year’s tax season, visit www.in.gov/dor.
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME