The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) urges taxpayers to file soon as the deadline to file tax year 2020 individual income tax returns is May 17.
ADOR encourages electronic filing and direct deposit as it is more secure, more efficient, and on average, a couple of weeks faster than paper returns when it comes to refunds.
- E-File - Visit the department’s E-File Services page at https://azdor.gov/e-file-services to view the list of software providers certified to submit electronically filed returns with ADOR.
- Online Paper Forms - For taxpayers who prefer to prepare their returns, ADOR provides fillable, calculating forms and instructions to print at azdor.gov/Forms. If filing by paper, taxpayers should allow 6-8 weeks from the date filed to receive their refund.
Individual income tax filers needing additional aid may qualify for free tax preparation assistance.
- Arizona Free File Alliance - Offers a free file program to Arizona taxpayers who meet specific criteria. Over 82,000 taxpayers used Free File software last year, saving themselves fees, costly errors, and receiving their refund quicker. Individuals must go through azdor.gov to ensure no fees are charged.
- AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program - Delivers free support to individuals 50 and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service to file federal and Arizona returns. Program details can be found at www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Provides free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. For locations and guidance, check www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.
Note: Due to the pandemic, individuals should check with their tax preparation services to verify they offer in-person assistance, drop-offs, or virtual assistance.
After you file
- Direct Deposit - Direct deposit is an easy and convenient way for a taxpayer to get their refund. Direct deposit is available whether the return is filed electronically or by mail.
- Where’s My Refund? Taxpayers can rapidly check on their Arizona tax refund status anytime by clicking the “Where’s My Refund?” link.
If needing more time to file, submit Form 204 for an extension, which is still due May 17. As a reminder, an extension does not grant a taxpayer more time to pay taxes owed. If a taxpayer has already been granted an extension through the IRS, a state of Arizona extension request is not required.
Visit ADOR’s website at https://azdor.gov/individual-income-tax-information for additional tax filing requirements, instructions, and important tax filing tips.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021