Department of Revenue updates tax filing for businesses

April 19, 2011

By Staff

Businesses filing state excise tax returns quarterly must file and pay electronically due to legislation effective July 23.

More than half of the state’s quarterly filers use E-file, the state Department of Revenue’s online filing tool.

Engrossed House Bill 1357 requires electronic filing and payment by all quarterly filers. Taxpayers with extenuating circumstances — such as no computer or no Internet access — can request a waiver.

Legislators required monthly filers to electronically file and pay in 2009.

Department Director Suzan DelBene said the agency requested the legislation as a way to save money for the state and for taxpayers.

“E-file improves the efficiency of state government by reducing paper handling. It also helps businesses avoid mistakes that can lead to costly penalties,” she said in a release. “In addition, this tool provides taxpayers with 24/7 access to their returns, automatic error checking, several electronic payment options and instantaneous delivery of the return with confirmation.”

The department plans to notify affected businesses in mid-May.

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