Iowa Income Taxes and IA State Tax Forms

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Your Iowa Income Tax Return

Efile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your 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 efile a state tax return. This is not an efile.com policy but an IRS and state agency policy. Many taxpayers have asked how they can only prepare and file a state income tax return. The efile.com tax application lets you prepare a state tax return only, however you cannot efile the state return upon completion. Instead, you will have to download the completed state tax return as a PDF file, print it, sign it, and mail it to the respective state - the address is on the PDF file. Find more detailed instructions on how to prepare and file a state only return on efile.com.

2018 Iowa Income Tax Filing Deadlines

Deadline
Type of Filing
Description
May 1, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Iowa State Income Tax Return Due Date.
May 1, 2019
Tax Extension
Iowa Automatic Extension. Details below.
October 31, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Last day to efile a 2018 Iowa State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers.
Now
Requires an accepted 2018 or previous year Iowa State Tax Return.
State Tax Returns
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
Federal Tax Returns
IRS Tax Return Deadlines.

E-File These 2018 Iowa State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 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
Employee's Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate
Cannot be efiled


* 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. Find out how to only prepare and file a state tax return. Only on efile.com can you prepare and efile unlimited state tax returns for one low price. Most other sites charge a per state price.

Iowa efile Error Codes

If your Iowa state return was rejected by the state and not efile.com, 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 an 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.

How To File an 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, 2019. 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?

How to File An Iowa Tax Amendment

Amended Iowa tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to file an Iowa tax amendment.

Important Reminder! If you are filing an Iowa tax amendment, you may need to file a federal tax amendment as well.

2017 Tax Year Iowa Tax Forms

Iowa state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Iowa Department of Revenue.

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

2016 Tax Year Iowa Tax Forms

Iowa state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Iowa Department of Revenue.

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

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 2019. We will update it when the dates are available. 

Sales Tax Holiday
Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
August 2019
  • 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 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 State Tax Agency Contacts

You can contact the Iowa Department of Revenue at 515-281-3114.

For more information on Iowa state income taxes, you can visit the website of the Iowa Department of Revenue.

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