- Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 19:54
- Written by Super User
RALEIGH, N.C. - State individual income tax returns mailed to the N.C. Department of Revenue must be postmarked April 15. E-filed returns must be sent electronically by midnight on April 15.
Taxpayers can get a 6-month extension to file their returns by filing a Form D-410, Application for Extension for Filing Individual Income Tax Return. The extension, however, is only for filing a return and not an extension of time to pay. Individual income taxes must be paid by April 15. Taxpayers who cannot pay their balance in full should still file their returns on time or request an extension.
For more information, please visit www.dornc.com and click on the Information for Individuals link.
NCDOR offers the following easy tips and recommendations as you prepare your taxes this year.
Filing date - Individual income taxpayers will have until April 15, 2013, to file returns, extensions and payments due.
Gather all your income and tax documents before you file - Filing before you receive all W-2s and 1099s often leads to errors that require you to file amended returns once you have the correct information. Employers are required to mail W-2s and other documents by Jan.31.
File electronically and request direct deposit for refunds -This is the most convenient, accurate and the fastest way to file your taxes. Electronic filing will identify common math errors and direct deposit to your bank account means you get your money sooner. Double check bank account and routing numbers to prevent delays in deposits. Some taxpayers may qualify for free or low-cost electronic filing. Find out how to E-file and if you qualify for low-cost filing by visiting www.dornc.com. Some taxpayers with low-to moderate- incomes may qualify for free tax preparation through the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-906-9887 or visit the IRS website.
File electronic federal and state returns at the same time - Failure to file both returns at the same time could require taxpayers to amend North Carolina returns if the IRS detects any errors with their federal return. The IRS will begin accepting e-filed returns on Jan. 30, 2013. The North Carolina Department of Revenue will follow the same start date.
Check your address - Every year, thousands of refund checks are returned to the Department of Revenue because of incorrect addresses, and the law forbids the forwarding of those checks. Carefully check the mailing address you provide on your return.
Do not file photocopies of tax forms - Use pre-printed or downloaded forms from the department’s website. Photocopies may not scan correctly and could cause delays in processing your return. Taxpayers can request forms online, download forms from the NCDOR website, or call 1-877-252-3052.
Make checks payable to the N.C. Department of Revenue if you owe state taxes - Some taxpayers mistakenly send checks made out to the Internal Revenue Service for their state taxes. Payments may also be made on-line through our secure website. Just visit www.dornc.com and click on Electronic Services for Individuals.
File on time regardless of ability to pay - Make sure you file on-time to avoid the automatic failure-to-file penalty of five percent per month, up to a maximum of 25% of what you owe in state taxes. You are better off filing your taxes by the April 15 deadline and contacting the department at 1-877-252-3052 to arrange a payment plan if you cannot pay all at once.
Check to see if you qualify for common credits, deductions or exemptions - You could qualify for popular credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit , and the Net Business Income Deduction. Some severance pay may also be exempt if you were laid off from your job.
Charitable contributions - If you plan to take an itemized charitable deduction, the donation must have been made by Dec. 31, 2012. Verify the charity’s tax-exempt status and check with the IRS Exempt Organizations tool to see if your charity is qualified. Credit card donations charged by Dec. 31 and paid at a later date are deductible. Cash contributions and fair market value of donated items can generally be deducted but special rules often apply to donations of household items, cars and boats.
Use tax may be due for online or catalog purchases - Consumer use tax is due when you purchase products online or from a catalog and are not charged sales tax by the vendor. Check your receipts and report and pay any use tax directly to NCDOR on your state tax return.
Find and use a reputable tax preparer - Taxpayers get billed for millions of dollars in state taxes each year as a result of deliberate errors made on their returns by fraudulent tax preparers. Be wary of preparers who: claim they can obtain larger refunds than others, ask you to sign a blank tax return, base their fees on a percentage of a taxpayer's refund and who are reluctant to offer references. If you see information on your return that is wrong or confusing, you should question the preparer and if not satisfied with their response, called the NC Department of Revenue at 1-800-232-4939.
Questions, need more information or don't have access to the Internet?
If you have any questions or need more assistance, please call our Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-877-252-3052. NCDOR offers extended hours for phone service during tax season.
In an effort to assist more taxpayers during the upcoming tax season, the North Carolina Department of Revenue will operate extended phone hours now through April 30. The deadline for filing 2012 individual income tax returns is April 15, 2013.
Live phone assistance will be available for certain topics from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Those areas with extended service include phone lines for:
Individual income, attachment and garnishment issues at 1-877-252-3252 or 1-877-252-5152
Employer garnishment questions at 1-888-352-0116
Options to speak to an agent in the individual income tax menu at 1-877-252-3052
Taxpayers who callback after receiving a message from NCDOR's automated dialing system at 1-877-252-4962
Options for obtaining Spanish language assistance through 1-877-252-3252 or 1-877-252-3052
All others lines for live telephone assistance will remain open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
Source: North Carolina Department of Revenue.