INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/CNN) — Indiana’s governor on Monday announced the state is pushing back the deadline for income-tax filing and payment, following a similar decision by the Internal Revenue Service last week.
While the original filing and payment due date was April 15 for federal and state income taxes, both have extended he deadline to May 17 to give filers, tax preparers and the IRS itself more time to sort through the many changes affecting one’s 2020 taxes from the latest COVID relief package.
All other tax return filings and payment due dates in Indiana remain unchanged, the Department of Revenue said in a news release.
“Individuals who are not able to file by the May 17, 2021, deadline can file an extension directly with DOR or with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If the IRS extension is granted, the Indiana extension is automatically granted. A timely filed extension moves the federal tax filing deadline to Oct. 15, 2021, and the Indiana filing deadline to Nov. 15, 2021,” the Indiana release said. “It is important to note that the extension only shifts the filing deadline and not the payment deadline. Ninety percent of the taxes owed are still required to be paid by May 17, 2021, to avoid penalties and interest.”
As it is, the filing season started a few weeks late this year since the IRS had its hands full administering provisions from prior COVID relief packages.
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“Last week, the IRS announced tax deadline and payment extensions for individual tax returns. By aligning with the IRS filing deadline, we are ensuring we are making filing and paying taxes as easy as possible for Hoosiers. Even with the extended filing deadline, we encourage individuals to utilize electronic filing. Electronically filling is a superior process that allows customers to securely submit a more accurate return and experience a faster turnaround for their refund.”Bob Grennes, Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner
Temporary health care licenses extended
The executive order from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also extends temporary licensing of health care workers for 90 days, allowing people who are not licensed to practice in Indiana to have a temporary license. This order applies to retired health care professionals, certain health care students and out-of-state health care professionals.
Health care professionals who are granted a temporary license to provide health care services in the state in response to this public health emergency must register with the Professional Licensing Agency via their website at in.gov/pla and EMS professionals must register with the Department of Homeland Security at in.gov/dhs.