from the Director:
Maintaining the confidentiality
of tax information is not only a statutory requirement but is critical
to our Department retaining the confidence of taxpayers that the information
we receive will be maintained securely. We have all read of instances
where information which had been removed from the workplace was compromised
by the theft or loss of hardware. The Department intends to prevent
confidential information from being disclosed or compromised. The Department
has a strict policy on the removal of confidential information from
the workplace to prevent any such occurrence. This policy applies to
all confidential tax return information whether it exists in paper
or electronic format.
The Department intends to
further enhance our security through the implementation of additional
- Complete a comprehensive
review of the security of assets maintained by the agency by July
2007. Provide security awareness training. Maintain secure infrastructure,
including timely installation of software upgrades consistent with
security requirements. Inventory data resources and establish criteria
for evaluating the data retention policies of these various information
assets by January 2007.
- Implement procedures for
ensuring enhanced security policies including encryption where appropriate.
It is our goal to safeguard
the confidentiality of your information.
Mark R. Schuling
Sales Tax Project Update
As of September, 2006 there
were 765 businesses signed up to participate in the project. This does
not count the 20 or so businesses that have been supporting the project
At the last SSTP Governing
Board meeting, held in Bismarck, ND on August 28 - 31, Vermont and
Rhode Island were voted in as full member states to become effective
January 1, 2007. This brings the total number of full member states
to 15 and total number of associate member states to 6. Associate member
states will have to be fully compliant with the project by January
1, 2008 .
The project now has 3 certified
service providers (CSP): Taxware, Exactor, and Avalara. The CSP tax
calculation software has been tested and certified by all SSTP states
and is now available to all model 1 sellers. The CSP will act on behalf
of the seller in the collection and remittance of tax, as well as filing
reports for the seller.
Taxware has also been tested
and approved as a certified automated system (CAS). The CAS will make
available, to all model 2 businesses, software that will calculate
taxes in all states and all jurisdictions. The project is still working
out the details for (CAS) compensation.
on using eFile & Pay
Are you getting a “thank you” message
and you haven't finished filing? This is because you are using the
Enter key on your computer instead of the Continue button provided
in eFile & Pay. Be sure to use the buttons in eFile & Pay and
not the Enter, Backspace or arrow buttons on your computer. Quarterly
sales tax filers: We hear from users that eFile & Pay won't calculate
for them. One reason the system won't calculate is if you put an amount
on the exemptions line but do not specify which exemption or exemptions
More tips are available on
our Web site at http://www.state.ia.us/tax/business/EFilePayFilingTips.html
To” advice on using eFile & Pay
you forget how to use eFile & Pay from one quarter to the
Notes on how to file withholding
and sales tax quarterly returns are now online.
The 2006 legislative summary
is now online at http://www.state.ia.us/tax/taxlaw/06legsum.html
for a tax permit
When applying for sales tax
or withholding tax permit online, don't forget to go to the top of
the second page of the application and click on “GET PIN.” Print your
PIN (personal identification number) information. If you need to quit
in the middle of applying, you can exit and then continue later using
About Iowa Business Taxes
Are you a new business? Or
just need to know more? Our tax
classes are held all year statewide.
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us to contact you.