Colorado income tax filing season begins

Time to get ready to file state income tax

Taxpayers are advised to start planning and organizing their records now for the income tax filing season. Don’t put off planning and filing until April. Starting early can save you time if you realize you need to obtain additional records. Then file quickly, easily and securely through any of several Colorado income tax electronic filing methods. 

1) Discover the convenience of Revenue Online now. Taxpayers can set up their own login ID and password to access their Colorado income tax accounts in Revenue Online. Having access to your tax account in Revenue Online is similar to online banking. Sign up now, before you file. Some examples of things you can do in your account are:

        • View and print copies of your tax returns (back to 2009)
        • View 1099-G amounts for prior year tax refunds issued by the Department of Revenue
        • View payment history
        • File your return, no charge for filing in Revenue Online
        • Get refund status
        • Upload electronic copies of tax documentation to your account

2) Start gathering your records. Collect any documents, information or forms that are required when you file your taxes. This is documentation needed to support tax credits or subtraction claims. Then start checking for W-2 and 1099 statements by mail or other distribution methods. Put things in a safe place until you’re ready to file. Print and keep records of how you calculated your Colorado income tax for at least four years.

3) Decide how you will file your Colorado 2013 tax return

  • Revenue Online. You can file a return through the Department of Revenue’s free Revenue Online service, without signing up for a login ID and password. Filing through Revenue Online is free, secure and convenient.
  • Federal and State Electronic Filing. This is another option available by purchasing tax software at a store or online, or finding a paid tax professional. Paper copies of returns should not be mailed to the Department of Revenue when filing electronically. Duplicate returns cause delays in processing.
  • Filing on paper will take longer to process and increases your chances of errors, which delays refunds. You should only file on paper if you cannot use one of the electronic filing methods. Paper forms and booklets are still available at participating public libraries or on the Colorado Taxation Web site.

When to file. Filing as early as you can means you’ll get your refund sooner. You can get your refund in 10 days by e-filing and asking for Direct Deposit. If you file on paper, refunds could take as long as 12 weeks. The deadline for paying 2013 Colorado income tax is Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Owe Tax? Payment by e-check or credit card is available through Revenue Online, regardless of how you file your return. Nominal service fees will apply. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is available free of charge. You may sign up for EFT in your Revenue Online Account.