Department of Revenue

Headquartered at the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is the state’s designated agency responsible for providing service to residents regarding state tax matters.

The IN DOR administers state tax laws, develops regulations and tax policies, and collects tax revenues to provide accurate, timely, and reliable funding and information to state and local constituents.

The Indiana Department of Revenue consists of several internal divisions, each responsible for a specific business function:

  • Office of Commissioner
  • Public Relations
  • Enforcement
  • Collections Receivables/Collections Bad Debt
  • Legal
  • Tax Policy and administration
  • Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human resources

The IN DOR offers a broad scope of online services, providing Indiana taxpayers with a convenient option to pay their taxes, check the status of their refund, set up a payment plan, order tax forms, register their business with the department and more.

Indiana Board of Tax Review

The Indiana Board of Tax Review (IBTR) is a state agency responsible for conducting impartial review of appeals that are made through aProperty Tax Assessment Board Of Appeals (PTABOA). Governed by a three-member bipartisan board, the IBTR reviews appeals concerning:

  • the assessed valuation of a tangible property.
  • property tax deductions.
  • property tax exemptions.
  • property tax credits

In addition to reviewing appeals contesting real and personal property assessments, property tax exemptions, deductions and credits, the IBTR also reviews assessment determinations made by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).

Note: If you would like to contest a tax bill alone and not an assessment of property, keep in mind that the Indiana Board of Tax Review will not accept this appeal.

Much like the IN DOR, the IBTR also provides Indiana residents with a broad range of online services, including the opportunity to find a listing of all IBTR decisions issued since January 1st of 2002, learn how to appeal their assessment, see the Tax Representative, Procedural, or Small Claims rule and how to,  find the required appeal form.

Different Kinds of Taxes

The bulk of Indiana’s income comes from three primary tax areas, including:

  • The sales tax (7 percent)
  • The flat state income tax (3.4%)
  • The property tax (imposed on both real and personal property and administered at the local level with oversight by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance).

Every Indiana business that sells goods or tangible personal property needs to register with the IN DOR to collect a 7 percent sales tax. Once the owner registers the business, he orshe will be issued a Registered Retail Merchant Certificate (RRMC), allowing them to open for business.

If you earn your living in Indiana, chances are you will have to file an annual individual income tax return with the Indiana Department of Revenue. The state of Indiana collects a flat tax of 3.4 percent of federal adjusted gross income with modification.

Note: The Indiana state income tax deadline falls on April 15th of every year and can be filed online by submitting all the income tax forms through the federal or state government websites.

Every taxpayer in the state of Indiana has a responsibility to pay the IN property tax, which is proportional to the value of a given property. Fortunately, the value of a house is decided by using techniques of mass appraisal, which takes into account other properties in the environment, considering factors such as their condition and age.

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