BOISE - The Idaho State Tax Commission will begin processing 2020 Idaho individual income tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day.
All Idaho tax returns go through fraud-detection reviews and accuracy checks. Before issuing your refund, the Tax Commission may ask you to verify your identity or that you filed a return. The agency may also ask you to provide more information.
E-filing your return is the safest and easiest way to file. It’s also the quickest way to receive a refund. Using direct deposit for your refund gets the money to you even faster.
E-filers will receive their refunds starting in March. It takes seven to eight weeks to get a refund when you e-file versus 10 to 11 weeks when filing by paper.
If you owe taxes, you can pay them online using the free Quick Pay service at tax.idaho.gov/quickpay. Some e-file providers also offer a direct debit payment option.
If you need a payment plan, sign up for a Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account. If you qualify, you can request a plan through TAP after your return finishes processing.
You can check your refund status or find tax help at tax.idaho.gov. You also can get help by calling toll free at (800) 972-7660. To find a Tax Commission office near you, go online to tax.idaho.gov/visit.
The deadline to file 2020 income taxes is Thursday, April 15, 2021.