- Registration season is now open
- People in Autauga and Dallas counties have until May 15 to apply
Tax filing season has started across the country, but things will be a little different in Alabama this year. Among other things, those in the path of recent Alabama storms will have a later deadline to submit.
Here are six things you should know about this year’s Alabama tax season.
What are the federal filing deadlines?
Taxpayers began filing federal and state returns Jan. 23. The deadline for most Alabamaans to file an individual income tax return or request for an extension is April 18.
Homeowners in Dallas and Autauga counties are eligible for an extended filing deadline of May 15. Business filing deadlines for those two counties have also been pushed back to May 15. those affected outside of the covered disaster area can call the IRS Disaster Hotline at 866-562-5227 to apply for this tax relief.
When are government refunds due?
Alabama state income tax returns are due the same day as the federal deadline, which means people in Dallas and Autauga counties have longer to file their returns.
When can I expect a refund?
Most federal refunds are issued in less than 21 days for people who file online, choose direct deposit, and have no issues with their returns. However, the IRS cannot issue a refund that includes the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credit before mid-February. Go to irs.gov/refunds to check the status of a submission.
State refunds are issued beginning March 1st each year. You can check the status of your state refund at myalabamataxes.alabama.gov.
What forms do I submit?
Most workers must attach a W-2 to prove their earnings beginning in 2022, and employers must provide it to them no later than January 31. However, depending on your income, you may need other forms, including:
- Form 1099-INT showing the interest paid to you throughout the year
- Form 1099-G showing any refunds, credits, or offsets for state and local taxes
- Forms 1099-DIV and 1099-R showing dividends and distributions from pension plans and other plans paid to you during the year
What are this year’s tax brackets?
- 37% for single taxpayers with income greater than $578,125 ($693,750 for married couples filing jointly)
- 35% for income over $231,250 ($462,500 for jointly filed married couples);
- 32% for income over $182,100 ($364,200 for jointly filed married couples);
- 24% for incomes over $95,375 ($190,750 for married couples applying together);
- 22% for incomes over $44,725 ($89,450 for married couples applying together);
- 12% for income over $11,000 ($22,000 for jointly filed married couples);
- 10% for income of single person with income of $11,000 or less ($22,000 for married couples filing jointly).
How do I do my tax return for free?
The IRS offers a free online or in-person filing service to guide you through the process. It’s available to any taxpayer or family who earned $73,000 or less in 2022 through seven partner services, some of which also offer free state tax return preparation.
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You can get started and choose a service by going to irs.gov/freefile.
While there is no guided service for people who have earned more than $73,000, anyone can use the IRS’s Free File Fillable Forms by going to www.irs.gov/e-file-providers/free-file- fillable forms works.
Brad Harper covers business and local government for the Montgomery Advertiser. Contact him at[email protected].