Indiana, IRS have begun processing income tax returns

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo, shows The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building Washington. Although many small business owners hire accountants and attorneys to complete their income tax returns, taxes are a hassle. In a survey released in 2015 by the advocacy group National Small Business Association, nearly 60 percent of the owners surveyed said the administrative burdens were the biggest problems posed by federal taxes. And 85 percent of the more than 675 owners said they relied on a professional to prepare their returns. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Revenue has announced it has begun processing individual income tax returns.

The Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that the 2016 individual income tax filing season had begun. Returns should be in the mail by April 18. People get a few extra days this year because Friday, April 15 is Emancipation Day, a public holiday in Washington D.C., followed by the weekend.

The department encourages taxpayers to electronically file their tax returns, saying it leads to faster refunds, increased security and more accurate returns. The IRS reports electronic filing was up 2.4 percent in 2015 from 2014.

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