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Three Weeks Remaining to File Your 2023 Taxes, Arizona Taxpayers Urged to Utilize Electronic Filing

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With the deadline to file 2023 tax returns rapidly approaching, the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is emphasizing the importance of timely and accurate filing. Arizona taxpayers have until Monday, April 15, 2024, to submit their returns, and ADOR is advocating for the use of electronic filing (e-file) methods to enhance security and efficiency, potentially expediting refunds by up to seven times compared to paper returns.

E-Filing: The Recommended Approach

ADOR encourages taxpayers to visit its E-File Services page to explore approved software providers for electronic submission. This method not only reduces the likelihood of errors but also streamlines the processing of returns. For those still preferring to handle their taxes traditionally, ADOR provides online paper forms that can be filled out digitally at azdor.gov/forms/individual. However, if opting for paper filing, taxpayers should anticipate an 8-10 week period to receive any refunds.

Post-Filing Steps and Direct Deposit

After filing, taxpayers are advised to choose direct deposit for their refunds, a convenience available for both e-filed and paper-filed returns. In instances where bank accounts cannot accept deposits, ADOR will issue paper checks. Additionally, taxpayers can monitor their refund status through the ADOR website by utilizing the "Where's My Refund?" feature, although they are requested to wait ten weeks prior to inquiring further.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

To support eligible individuals, several assistance programs are available:

  • IRS Direct File Pilot Program: This initiative offers eligible Arizonans the opportunity to file both state and federal returns for free. Participants initiate the process at directfile.irs.gov and, upon completing their federal return, are guided to file their state return without additional charges.
  • Arizona Free File Alliance: Specific Arizona taxpayers may use this program to file at no cost, with last year witnessing approximately 54,000 beneficiaries. Access through azdor.gov is required to avoid fees.
  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: Individuals aged 50 and above, who cannot afford tax services, can access free aid for filing federal and state returns. More information is available at aarp.org.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): This program serves those earning $64,000 or less, individuals with disabilities, and limited English speakers, providing free tax help and filing assistance.

Extensions and Further Guidance

Taxpayers needing additional time to file may request an extension using Form 204 by April 15. It's crucial to understand that an extension for filing does not extend the payment deadline for any taxes owed. For those with an existing IRS extension, a separate state extension is not necessary; simply indicate the federal approval on the state return.

For comprehensive tax filing guidelines, instructions, and tips, ADOR's dedicated portal for individuals at azdor.gov/individuals serves as a valuable resource.

As the deadline looms, ADOR urges all Arizona taxpayers to prioritize accuracy and timeliness in their tax filing endeavors, leveraging available electronic resources and support programs to facilitate a smoother tax season.
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