Iowa Income Taxes and IA State Tax Forms

Your Iowa State Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2019  (January 1 - Dec. 31, 2019) can be prepared and e-Filed now with your IRS or Federal Income Tax Return (or you can learn how to only prepare and file a IA state return). The new Iowa tax filing and tax payment deadline has been extended from May 1 to July 31, 2020 (due to COVID-19 pandemic). Federal Tax Return deadline details.

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If you file a tax extension you can e-File your Taxes until October 31, 2020 without a late filing penalty. However, if you owe Taxes and don't pay on time, you might face late tax payment penalties. Tip: File on time, even you can't pay on time, as the late filing penalties are higher than the late payment penalties.

eFile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your IRS and Iowa State Tax Return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective State Tax Agencies require you to e-file a Federal Income Tax Return at the same time you e-file a State Tax Return. This is not an eFile.com policy but an IRS and State Agency policy. Thus, technically you cannot e-File anywhere - not just eFile.com - a Iowa Tax Return without also e-filing the associated IRS Tax Return. But there is good news, please read on.

Detailed instructions on how you can only prepare and mail in - not eFile - a Iowa 2019 Tax Return - here via eFile.com. However, you must download/print and sign the forms and mail them to the Tax Agency.

Function
Description
Where Is Your Iowa Tax Refund Money?
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the Tax Agency.
Step 2: Check your Iowa Tax Refund Status.
Where is Your IRS Refund?
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com account and check acceptance by the IRS.
Step 2: Check your IRS Tax Refund Status.
Iowa Income Tax Extension
How to correct a rejected Tax Return
If your IA Tax Return was rejected by the IA Tax Agency - not eFile.com - instructions on how to correct a rejected Iowa Tax Return.
1. Penalty for Failure to Timely File a Return: 10% penalty if you failed to file and paid at least 90% of taxes due on the due date.
B. Avoid this penalty by filing on time and pay up to 90% of the final Iowa Taxes owed by July 15 of the Tax Year.
2. Penalty for Failure to Timely Pay the Tax Due: 5% penalty if you filed on time but did not pay at least 90% of taxes due.
3. IRS Penalties: Calculate and Estimate your potential IRS Income Tax Return Penalties.

 

The Iowa Tax Reform bill contains a provision which allows the same Teacher Expense deduction at the state level, as is allowed on a federal return. Teachers can deduct up to $250 in expenses such as classroom supplies and professional development courses that they paid for during the school year.

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2020 Iowa Income Tax Filing Deadlines by Tax Year

The majority of deadlines listed here are for Tax Year 2019. Some apply to upcoming Tax Years and some are IRS or Federal deadlines.

Deadline
Type
Description
July 31, 2020
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return
Prepare and e-File an IRS (Due Date July 15, 2019) and Iowa State Income Tax Return (Due Date July 31, 2020) until October 31, 2020. - eFileIT*
July 31, 2020
2019 Income Tax Extension
October 31, 2020
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return after the July 31, 2020 Iowa Tax Extension
Last day to e-File a 2019 Iowa State Income Tax Return for Tax Extension Filers and late eFilers. You can only e-File (to file by paper see below) Iowa Income Tax Return together with an IRS Tax Return. eFileIT*
October 31, 2020 via mail-in Forms.
Forms incl. Mailing Address are listed below.
Tax Year 2019
Income Tax Return after the July 31, 2020 Iowa Tax Extension
Deadline for taxpayers who got a IA Tax Extension to file their Iowa Income Tax Return by mail-in Forms - the Forms incl. mailing addresses are listed below - is October 20, 2020. (Optionally, the eFileIT* deadline is Oct. 15, 2020). Instructions on how to only - without the IRS return - prepare and file an Iowa State Income Tax Return on eFile.com.
Tax Amendment for all Tax Years
IRS Due Dates
IRS Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
2020, 2021, etc.
Other State Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
2020, 2021, etc.
IRS Federal Income Tax Return, Amendment, Extension Deadlines
May 1, 2023
2019 Iowa Income Tax Return Refund.
IRS Tax Return Refund Claim Deadline
The last day to file - you will not face late filing penalties - and claim your 2019 Iowa Income Tax Return Refund. This deadline does not apply if you owe 2019 Income Taxes.

E-File These 2019 Iowa State Tax Forms

Prepare and e-File these state forms for 2019 in conjunction with your Federal and State Income Tax Return. As you proceed through the tax interview on eFile.com, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the State Tax Agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a State Income Tax Return.

Form/Schedule
Description
eFileIT Now*
Form IA-126
Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Credit
Form IA-130
Credit for Taxes Paid to Another State
Form IA-138
E15 Plus Gasoline Promotion Tax Credit
Form IA-148
Tax Credits Schedule
Form IA-54-001
Iowa Property Tax Credit Claim
Form IA-1040
Individual Income Tax Return
Form IA 1040V
Iowa Individual Income Tax Return Payment Voucher
Form IA 2210
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
Form IA 2210F
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
Form IA-4136
Motor Fuel Credit
Form IA 6251
Iowa Minimum Tax Computation
Form 54-130
Iowa Rent Reimbursement Claim
Schedule A
Iowa Itemized Deductions
Determines your paycheck IA Tax Withholding amount per employer.
Step 1: Complete and submit to your employer(s).
Step 2: Estimate, Calculate your IRS Tax Withholding now.
Not filed with the State. Submit to Employer only.

* Due to IRS and State Tax Agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a State Income Tax Return while also e-filing a Federal Income Tax Return. This is not an eFile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. You can however prepare all 44 State Income Tax Returns on eFile.com if you have already e-Filed or filed your IRS return. Instructions on how you can ONLY prepare and file State Income Tax Return(s).Only on eFile.com can you prepare, file or e-file unlimited State Tax Returns for one low price and not pay for each State return like you would do on H&R Block® vs. TurboTax®Dare to Compare Now

Automatic Iowa Tax Extension

If you are certain that you cannot file your Iowa return by the deadline, you do not need to file for an extension. You will automatically receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return (not to pay). The extended tax return due date is October 31, 2020. Please be aware that Iowa will not accept the federal extension form as an extension for your Iowa tax return. However, if you expect to owe income taxes, you should submit your payment with payment voucher Form IA 1040V. If you efiled your return and are making a payment by check or money order, you must complete a Form IA 1040V on efile.com. If you are making a payment by credit card, a Form IA 1040V is not needed. If you are making an automatic extension payment, you also must use Form IA 1040V unless it is made electronically. Use efile.com and prepare an Iowa tax return to find out what your Iowa state income tax payment will be.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

The extended IRS/Iowa eFile deadline is Oct. 31, 2020 - eFileIT* now. If you plan to file or mail-in a North Carolina tax return on paper - the Forms and Mailing Address are below - your due date is Oct. 31, 2020. After Oct. 31, 2020, you can complete and sign 2019 Iowa Tax Forms online here on eFile, before you download, print and mail them to the state tax agency. The address is on the form. 

Iowa Unemployment Benefits 

Iowa fully taxes unemployment income at the state level. 

2018 Tax Year Iowa Tax Forms

Iowa State Income Tax Forms for Tax Year 2018 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018) can no longer be prepared and e-filed. Complete the respective Form(s) below, sign, and mail them to the Iowa Department of Revenue. The IA Tax Forms and Mailing Address are below - click for the IRS Federal Income Tax Forms for Tax Year 2018.

Form/Schedule
Description
Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Credit
Credit for Taxes Paid to Another State
E15 Plus Gasoline Promotion Tax Credit
Tax Credits Schedule
Iowa Property Tax Credit Claim
Iowa Rent Reimbursement Claim
Individual Income Tax Return
Iowa Individual Income Tax Return Payment Voucher
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
Motor Fuel Credit
Iowa Minimum Tax Computation
Iowa Itemized Deductions
Tax Amendment

2017 Tax Year Iowa Tax Forms

Iowa state income tax forms for Tax Year 2017 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017)  can no longer be prepared and e-filed. Complete the respective Form(s) below, sign, and mail them to the Iowa Department of Revenue. In addition to filing Iowa Forms you might also have to file the 2017 IRS Tax Return Forms.

Form/Schedule
Description
Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Credit
Credit for Taxes Paid to Another State
E15 Plus Gasoline Promotion Tax Credit
Tax Credits Schedule
Iowa Property Tax Credit Claim
Iowa Rent Reimbursement Claim
Individual Income Tax Return
Iowa Individual Income Tax Return Payment Voucher
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
Motor Fuel Credit
Iowa Minimum Tax Computation
Iowa Itemized Deductions
Tax Amendment

Iowa Tax Facts, Information

Iowa Tax Information and Contacts

IA Tax Type
Description
Iowa has a sales tax rate of 6%.The state also collects a corresponding use tax on out-of-state purchases.
Sales Tax Holiday
From August 1-2, 2020
  • 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.
Iowa 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.
Iowa Tax Payment Options
Iowa State Tax Agency Contacts
For Mailing Addresses and other contact information visit the IA Dep. of Revenue

 

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