ARIZONA — It’s that time of year again, the tax deadline is quickly approaching.
The Arizona Department of Revenue requires that all individual income taxes for the 2018 tax year be filed by April 15. According to the ADOR, taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically. It is faster and more efficient, and the average processing time is six days.
There are a number of support resources provided by the ADOR to assist taxpayers.
- 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 Forms – Arizona offers forms that are online versions of tax forms designed for those who prefer to prepare their own returns. Arizona forms and instructions are available to print at https://www.azdor.gov/Forms.
Individuals needing additional assistance may qualify for free tax preparation options available in Arizona.
- Free File Alliance – Offers a free file program to Arizona taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2018. Visit https://azdor.gov/e-services/free-electronic-filing-individuals for more information.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – Offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons 60 years old or older with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. To utilize VITA, visit irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.
- AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program – Offers free assistance to individuals 50 and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service. AARP Tax-Aide sites do not have income restrictions. For more information, visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.
ADOR also offers some helpful options after taxes have been completed.
- Where’s My Refund? Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds by clicking the “Where’s My Refund?” link https://AZTaxes.gov/Home/CheckRefund.
- Direct Deposit. Direct deposit is an easy and convenient way for taxpayers to get their refund and is available when taxes have been filed electronically or by mail.
If an extension is needed, taxpayers can fill out Form 204 for a six-month extension. This form needs to be submitted by the April 15 deadline. 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, an Arizona extension is not required.
For more information, ADOR’s website is www.azdor.gov.