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Six tips for filing Idaho taxes

Boise, ID — Released from the Idaho State Tax Commission on April 4, 2023 

As the April 18 deadline for filing income tax returns approaches, the Idaho State Tax Commission is offering six tips to make the process smoother:

1. E-file your return
Filing your return electronically has many benefits that include:

  • The software helps with the math.
  • You get a confirmation email.
  • Your electronic filing provider keeps a record of your tax return.
  • You get a faster refund than if you file by paper. Refunds generally arrive in about seven to eight weeks when you e-file versus 10 to 11 weeks when you file a paper return. Using direct deposit gets the refund to you even faster.

2. See if you qualify to e-file your return for free
The Tax Commission has worked with software providers and the IRS to offer many people free online preparation and filing of state and federal returns. You probably qualify if you have an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less.

To find the free e-filing offers, visit Click on Free Income Tax E-file (see if you qualify) on the home page.  

3. Take advantage of free tax help
You might be able to get free help preparing your income tax return at volunteer tax preparation sites throughout Idaho. To find a site near you, visit and go to the Free Tax Return Preparation page. You also can visit the Tax Commission website at Click on the  Free Income Tax Help link on the home page. 

The free help is intended for senior citizens and people with low to moderate incomes who have simple federal and Idaho tax returns. All sites offer electronic filing for faster refunds. Some offer help in Spanish or use virtual interpreter services.

4. Make sure your return is complete
Incorrect or missing information will delay a refund.

  • Double-check your figures to make sure you have no typos. Also, confirm your Social Security numbers.
  • Make sure you list your current mailing address.
  • If you e-file, make sure you enter your employer’s correct Employer Identification Number (EIN) and state ID number from your W-2s.
  • If you file by paper:
    • Include all your W-2s and a complete copy of your federal return.
    • Make sure both you and your spouse sign if you’re filing a joint return.

5. Pay electronically if you owe taxes
Schedule electronic payments on dates you choose by using the free Quick Pay service at or through e-file providers that offer free direct debit.

6. Respond to any Tax Commission letters asking for more information
All income tax returns go through fraud detection reviews and accuracy checks before Idaho issues any refunds. If you receive a letter from the Tax Commission, take the requested action right away. Processing your refund will continue once you provide the needed information.