Iowa Tax Filing

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How to file your Iowa taxes

Do you live in Iowa? Then we surely hope you’ll check our information on filing your taxes in Iowa. So let’s get to business!

First, remember that in Iowa tax returns have to be filed before April 30th. In case you file your return using snail-mail, the due date is the one on the postmark, not the day when the return is received.

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Iowa Tax Forms

Determine Your Residency Status

The amount of your taxes depends on your residency status, so check below to see which category you fall in.

You Are a Resident of Iowa

When are you a resident of Iowa? If you resided in Iowa for at least 183 days during the past tax year, or you had your domicile home in Iowa for the whole year, you are considered a resident.

If you reside in Iowa and you are under age 65, you have to file a tax return in the following cases: you are single and earned more than $9,000, or you are married and earned more than $13,500, or you are a dependent and earned over $5,000.

If you are an Iowa resident over 65, you have to file a tax return in the following cases: you are single and earned over $24,000, or you are married or head of household and earned above $32,000.

To file your tax return with Iowa, use Form IA-1040 (you can also check the 2016 Form IA-1040 Iowa Income Tax instructions included on the form).

You Are a Part-Year Iowa Resident

If you came to or left Iowa during the past year, your status is a part-year resident. In this case, you have to file your tax return if you made more than $1,000 from sources in Iowa. As a part-year resident, you are taxed on your total net income, in other words all money earned while being a resident, no matter the source (in or out of Iowa), as well as all money earned from Iowa sources while being a nonresident.

To file your part-year resident tax return with Iowa, fill out Form IA-1040. When filing your return, take into account the amount of Iowa income computed using Form IA-126. To file your return, you have to submit Form IA-1040, Form IA-126 and your federal return (see the 2016 Form IA-1040 Iowa Income Tax instructions included on the form).

You Are an Iowa Resident Who Works in a Different State

If you are a resident of Iowa but work in a different state, you will have your income taxed by Iowa even if it was earned outside of the state. In order to avoid dual taxation (as the state you work in might also tax you), you can claim tax refunds by filing for an Iowa Out-of-State credit on that income. You need to fill out Schedule IA-130 in order to calculate how much credit you are going to receive. When you file your tax return with Iowa (using Form IA-1040), attach Schedule IA-130, the tax return filed with the other state, and your federal return.

To file your tax return with Iowa as a resident, use Form IA-1040 (see the 2016 Form IA-1040 Iowa Income Tax instructions included on the form).

You are a Nonresident Who Worked or Sold Property in Iowa

If you did not have a permanent home in Iowa during the past tax year, you are a nonresident of Iowa. In this case, you have to file your Iowa tax return if you made at least $1,000 from sources in Iowa.

As an Iowa nonresident, you only need to pay taxes on income earned from Iowa sources. Wages and salaries, as well as property sales are taxable income; keep in mind to report them, but only if they were obtained from sources in Iowa.

To file a tax return as a nonresident, fill out Form IA-1040. When filing your return, use the value of Iowa earnings calculated with Form IA-126. When you file your return, you have to submit Form IA-1040, Form IA-126, and your federal return (see the 2016 Form IA-1040 Iowa Income Tax instructions included on the form).