Many states go online with income tax filing

Many states go online with income tax filing

Last month's issue of GCN/State & Local reported that nine states offer residents direct Internet personal income tax filing, according to information provided by the IRS and state officials.

But the Federation of Tax Administrators, a national watchdog organization that monitors the activities of state tax agencies and the IRS, said there are 17 states that provide tax filing over the Internet.

Terry Garber, South Carolina's Revenue Department administration and planning manager, said her state was a pioneer in online tax filing.

Garber said SCnetFile allows taxpayers to file directly from the state's Web site without downloading software. Taxpayers also can pay a balance due on the site using a credit card. In addition, residents can file declarations and extensions online using SCnetFile.

Taxpayers in South Carolina who file online have an additional bonus: The deadline for online filing is May 1.

Other states that now provide direct filing over the Internet for personal income taxes include: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia, according to the federation. Arkansas offers Internet filing of personal income taxes for residents who qualify to use telephone filing or shorter E-Z forms only.

'Donna Young

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