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The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Iowa state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal tax return filing requirements.
Iowa Income Tax Filing Deadline
The regular deadline to file a Iowa state income tax return is April 30.
|Tax Deadline Date
||Type of Income Tax Return
||Filing Deadline / Due Date Description
|May 1, 2017
||2016 Iowa State Tax Return
||Due date for Iowa State Income Tax Returns - income tax filing deadline
|May 1, 2017
||2016 Iowa State Tax Extension
||Due date for Iowa extensions
|October 31, 2017
||2016 Iowa State Tax Return
||Last day to efile a 2016 Iowa State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers
View all state tax return filing deadlines.
Find federal income tax return filing deadlines.
Tax Year 2016 Iowa State Tax Forms
All of the following Iowa state tax forms are supported by the efile.com software:
Iowa State Tax Forms That Cannot Be efiled
Iowa State Tax Withholding Form
|Form IA W-4
||Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate
IA Tax Extension
||Iowa Extension Instructions
||How to File
Iowa does not have an extension form to obtain additional time to file an IA state tax return.
If at least 90% of your total tax liability is paid by May 1, 2017, you will automatically have until October 31, 2017 to file your return. You will not be charged a late file penalty. However, you may owe a penalty for failure to make estimated payments. You will owe interest on any tax still due after May 1, 2017. Iowa will not honor a federal tax extension as an extension to file an IA state tax return.
If you need to make a tax payment to meet the 90% requirement, you may arrange payment from your bank account through the Iowa Income Tax Payment application, pay by credit card online, or pay by telephone using the IA 1040V payment voucher form.
Complete and submit Form IA 1040V (if you owe taxes)
Important Reminder! If you need an extension to efile your Iowa state tax return, then you may also need to efile a federal tax extension as well.
IA Tax Amendment
Iowa state tax amendments cannot be efiled; they can only be filed by mail. Learn how to amend an Iowa state tax return.
2015 Previous Year Iowa Tax Forms
Iowa tax returns for 2015 cannot be efiled. Download the 2015 tax forms, complete them, and mail them to the Iowa Department of Revenue.
||How to File
||Iowa Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Credit
||Download, complete, print out, sign, and mail
||Out-of-State Credit Computation
||E15 Plus Gasoline Promotion Tax Credit
||Tax Credits Schedule
||Iowa Property Tax Credit Claim
||Iowa Rent Reimbursement Claim for Elderly or Disabled Persons
||Federal Income Tax Refund Received Worksheet
||Iowa Individual Income Tax Form
|Form IA 1040V
||Iowa Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
||Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
||Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
||Investment Tax Credit
||Computation of Iowa Motor Fuel Tax Credit
||Iowa Minimum Tax Computation
||School Tuition Organization Credit
||Iowa Itemized Deductions
||Interest and Dividend Income
Where's My Refund? - Check Your Iowa State Tax Refund Status
The Iowa Department of Revenue strongly recommends efiling for a faster refund. You can receive your IA state tax refund within days instead of weeks if you efile your IA state tax return.
Check your Iowa state refund status online.
IA efile Error Codes
If your Iowa state return was rejected, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state.
View a list of all Iowa State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.
Iowa Tax Facts
IA Income Tax:
Individual income is taxed across nine tax brackets at nine graduated tax rates.
- 0.36% for the first $1,539 of taxable income
- 0.72% for taxable incomes between $1,539 and $3,078
- 2.43% for taxable incomes between $3,078 and $6,156
- 4.50% for taxable incomes between $6,156 and $13,851
- 6.12% for taxable incomes between $13,851 and $23,085
- 6.48% for taxable incomes between $23,085 and $30,780
- 6.80% for taxable incomes between $30,780 and $46,170
- 7.92% for taxable incomes between $46,170 and $69,255
- 8.98% for taxable incomes $69,255 and above
IA Sales Tax:
Iowa has a sales tax rate of 6%.The state also collects a corresponding use tax on out-of-state purchases.
More information on Iowa Sales Tax
IA Sales Tax Holiday:
Iowa has one annual sales tax holiday. During this period, certain items are exempt from Iowa state sales tax as well as local state sales tax. The sales tax holiday usually begins at midnight on the first Friday of August, and continues through midnight on Saturday.
Refer to the chart below for all Iowa sales tax holidays for 2017.
|Sales Tax Holiday Dates
||Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
|August 4-5, 2017
- Clothing & shoes: $100 or less
Note: Watches, jewelry, watchbands, sporting equipment, umbrellas, and any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use are NOT examples of clothing exempt from IA sales tax.
IA Personal Property Tax:
There are five classes of real property that are evaluated: residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, and utilities/railroad (assessed at the state level).
Iowa has four personal property tax rates, which are paid annually:
- Homeowners: less than half of 43%
- Farmers: more than 22%
- Businesses and industry: more than 31%
- Utility companies (including railroads): 3%
There is a 100% assessed value for the market value of all personal property. There are two exceptions for this value:
- Agricultural realty (assessed according to its productivity)
- Computers, industrial machinery, and equipment are exempt from the assessed value
The state has more than 2,000 taxing authorities. Most property is taxed by more than one taxing authority. The tax rate varies based on location and is a combination of county, city, school district, and special levies. State law requires all real property be assessed every two years in odd-numbered years.
Odd Tax Fact:
In 2007, Iowa had a sales tax on pumpkins after officials decided that pumpkins were purchased solely as Halloween decorations (jack o' lanterns), not food (pumpkin pie). The IA governor eliminated the "pumpkin tax" after pumpkin farmers complained that the tax would decrease their profits.
Though pumpkins are exempt from sales tax, inedible decorative gourds are taxed.
IA State Tax Agency:
For more information, you can visit the website of The Iowa Department of Revenue.
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