COVID-19 pandemic impacting tax return preparation in Indiana

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 08:32:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Nancy Busch is retired and had planned to get her taxes done on March 23.

“Now that all public places are closed and older people are supposed to stay home, I do not know what to do,” Busch said. “I do not have forms to fill out to do it myself and do not know how to do it online.”

RTV6 checked with the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue.

“The best answer I can offer given this very fluid situation is that we will continue to provide updates as they develop,” Emily Boesen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, said. “A lot of the questions we are hearing concern requirements specified in statute, let me clarify that DOR does not have the authority to unilaterally waive statutory requirements.”

The Department of Revenue is working closely with Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration and the IRS to review various scenarios and potential required actions, Boesen said.

“Finally, the department will broadly communicate any decisions and corresponding actions taken in response to COVID-19,” Boesen said. “I have been told the IRS is expecting to announce updates to deadlines sometime this week. At that time, DOR will most likely mirror any extensions they offer.”