Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State discontinues mailing income tax forms

The Utah State Tax Commission will no longer print and mail individual booklets and forms for individual income tax returns.
Because so many taxpayers choose electronic filing, taxpayers will not be receiving print booklets and forms in the mail. Last year, 77 percent filed state income taxes online.
All forms and publications are available online at incometax.utah.gov.
The Tax Commission encourages people to file and pay taxes through our free online service at taxexpress.utah.gov.
Electronic filing is the fastest way to receive refunds and ensure accurate tax returns. Payments up to 130 days may also be scheduled.
In order to file state individual income tax returns, you will need the following:
- Copy of your federal tax return
- All applicable W-2, 1099, K-1 and TC-675R forms with Utah withholding information
- Tax deduction and credit documents
For those using Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) for the first time, you will need your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) and federal adjusted gross income from the previous year's return.
Users will create a user name and password to use each time you log in. Tutorials are available online.
In addition to taxexpress.utah.gov, taxpayers may also file state income taxes through a tax preparer or using commercial filing software.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Volunteers needed to assist families with tax preparation

Volunteers are being sought to assist low and moderate income families in Utah to receive free tax help and possibly cash in the form of an earned income tax credit.

Under the “Earn It. Keep it. Save it.” moniker, a coalition of community organizations reaches out to eligible families and provides information about the federal earned income tax credit.

“It is estimated that between $60 million and $80 million is unclaimed each year in Utah,” said Charlie Roberts, spokesman for the state tax commission and member of the statewide coalition.

The coalition is under the leadership of United Way of Salt Lake and Community Action partnership of Utah.

Volunteers are needed as tax preparers, financial resource specialists, interpreters, schedulers and greeters at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.

Those interested may register online at http://www.utahtaxhelp.org/ or by calling 2-1-1.

Friday, December 9, 2011

IRS closes counter at Tax Commission

As of Thursday, December 8, the IRS counter co-located at the Utah State Tax Commission will be closed and is no longer in service. The office is located at 210 N. 1950 West, Salt Lake City. IRS customers may visit the office at 50 South 200 East, Social Hall Ave. Salt Lake City."We have appreciated the partnership of the IRS people in our building, and we will miss them," said Barry Conover, executive director of the Tax Commission.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Utah’s Free Online Tax Account Management System Gets a Face Lift

Taxpayer Access Point (TAP), Utah’s online tax account management system, helps taxpayers save time and money. Although the system has been successful, taxpayers have asked for changes and improvements through the years. In response, TAP is getting a new look and enhanced functionality on Dec. 12.
What’s Different?
The improved system will still have the same security, but you can now access it on more browsers (you no longer need Microsoft Silverlight installed). You will also receive reminders, correspondence and other account information through TAP’s notification system.

In addition, you can now access the following tax types:

· Miscellaneous Sales Taxes, Fees and Charges including Lube Oil, Multi‐Channel Audio/Visual, and Sexually Explicit Business (TC‐62W and TC‐62WW)
· Municipal Telecommunication Tax (TC‐62Z)
· E‐911 Emergency Services Tax (TC‐62Y)
· Insurance Premium (TC‐49)
· Self Insurer’s (TC‐420)
· Brine Shrimp (payments only)

If you have already registered with TAP, you can still use your current login information to:

· File and amend returns
· Make and schedule future payments
· Check refund status
· See account balances
· Request payment plans and waivers of penalty and interest

Tax preparers and payroll companies can continue to manage their client accounts through TAP (with proper registration).

How do I Get an Account?
If you haven’t signed up for TAP yet, go to taxexpress.utah.gov to start. The service is free and is still the fastest way to get your income tax refund!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Salt Lake dentist sentenced for state tax evasion

A Salt Lake County dentist will have to pay about $165,000 or face prison time for failing to file tax returns and taking efforts to evade paying state income taxes.
Benjamin Lee Gilstrap, 59, was found guilty of one second-degree count of racketeering and two third-degree felony counts of tax evasion and attempted tax evasion.
Gilstrap resides in South Jordan and operates a dental office in Sandy. He attempted to avoid paying taxes by co-mingling his business and personal expenses.
Gistrap also failed to file tax returns during a five-year period in which he had earned nearly $1.5 million.

"Failing to pay taxes brings consequences because it is a failure to basic obligations of citizenship," says Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. "It is particularly disheartening because this defendant rebuffed all efforts for resolution which resulted in even greater costs to taxpayers."
On Sept. 19, Third District Court Judge William Barrett suspended Gilstrap's sentence of up to five years in priosn, but ordered him to provide full documentation for restitution, spend 50 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring, serve 350 hours of community service and serve six years of probation.
"Tax evasion is a serious crime that the Tax Commission continues to vigorously investigate," says Charlie Roberts, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman. "When those who receive public benefits attempt to skirt the law by not paying their fair share of taxes, it places an undue burden on the rest of Utah's taxpayers."
Gilstrap was investigated by the Tax Commission and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back to 5 x 8 work week

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Tax Commission - along with all other state government agencies - will return to the traditional 5-day work week.
As always, customer service will be king at the Tax Commission and our divisions, including the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Our office hours will be a straight-forward 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The four 10-hour work days were implemented in August of 2008 by then-Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Utah CPAs honor former Tax Commission head

The Utah Association of CPAs recently honored 14 certified public accountants, including Rodney Marrelli, the former executive director of the Utah State Tax Commission.

Rod, who passed away in 2010, was awarded the Jeannie Patton Lifetime Service Award.

The article was published today in the Salt Lake Tribune online edition.

At the time of his death, Rod had been a member of the UACPA for 35 years.

See earlier Tax Commission posts for details of Rod's lifetime of service in the public and private sectors.