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Delaware Personal Income Tax Returns Due May 2, 2016

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UNDATED- Division of Revenue Director Patrick T. Carter announced Wednesday that Delaware tax season filing deadline this year is Monday, May 2, 2016. Citizens are encouraged to file their 2015 State of Delaware Personal Income Taxes or file an extension to Monday, October 17, 2016 by using the state's online services at www.delaware.gov.

The state is urging taxpayers to electronically file their returns. Refunds from electronically filed returns are issued on average in less than nine days, while refunds from paper-filed returns average more than 14 days, officials said. 

Delaware offers the following electronic filing options:

  • Those who don’t need tax preparation software can file for free on the Delaware Division of Revenue website. This online system isavailable 24/7. The system also allows taxpayers to file their returns and then schedule any payment due closer to the May 2 deadline. Taxpayers may pay their State of Delaware taxes on this system using a credit card or by debiting their bank account.
  • Those who prefer tax-preparation software can electronically file their federal and state income tax returns for a fee, though these products also offer free-filing options for Delaware taxpayers who meet the following qualifications:
    • Adjusted gross income less than the software’s established means criteria; or
    • Active-duty military with an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less (including Reservists and National Guard); or
    • Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit 

For paper-filed returns, the state uses a modernized processing system that identifies tax filings based on the type of return, i.e. refund or balance due.  Any taxpayer who files a 2015 tax return using a previous-year return, or who modifies the paper return in some way will experience significant delays. Paper tax returns are available for download at www.revenue.delaware.gov.

Officials said because Delaware does not maintain reciprocal agreements with other states, it is important for anyone who is not a Delaware resident – but who has worked in Delaware – to understand that they must file a Delaware tax return. Delaware residents who work out-of-state are required to file returns with Delaware in addition to the state where they worked.

By law, Delaware employees should receive their W-2 employment forms by Jan. 31, 2016 for any job worked during the 2015 calendar year. Those who haven’t received a W-2 by Jan. 31 should contact their employer.

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