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State officials have created a “Filing Made Easy” website to help you and other Iowans through the process of filing state income taxes. The website explaining the process of filing your taxes can be found at https://refunds.tax.iowa.gov/.

There are also a variety of services available to help file state income taxes for free through the “eFile for Free” program.  If you earn less than $69,000 a year you may qualify for free services to help file taxes.  Additional information on eFile can be found at https://tax.iowa.gov/individual-income-tax-electronic-filing-options.

Taxpayer specialists will be available for extended hours to assist during filing season.  The front desk at the Department will also be open longer to accommodate walk-in customers.  The phone system has been upgraded to include an automated service check on the status of your refund.  Refunds can also still be tracked online at https://tax.iowa.gov/wheres-my-refund.

This year the DOR plans to process returns in the same time frame as the federal taxes are processed.  The state started processing returns on January 27th and has established a procedure to process returns in 30-45 days.  Taxpayers are required to provide their federal return when filing their Iowa taxes.  Iowa income taxes are due on April 30th.

Author: Art Staed