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How to Protect Your Identity

April 29, 2015

En Español

Identity theft continues to be a threat. It is very important to protect the identities of you and your family. Here are some quick ideas from the Indiana Department of Revenue to protect your identity.

Identity theft by someone you know is one of the most common ways identities are compromised. Friends and family may steal bank statements, tax forms and credit cards without being suspected. Always keep documents with your personal information in a safe location hidden from anyone who doesn’t need to see them.

Is your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) inside your wallet or purse right now? If it is, then you should remove it and put it in a secure location. Destroy any document with your SSN or ITIN once it is no longer needed. Imagine if your wallet or purse was lost or stolen. Criminals would have a very easy time stealing your identity.

Do not use the same password for multiple online accounts.
If an identity thief finds your password, he might have access to your online shopping accounts (which may keep your bank information), email account (where you receive information about credit cards, other passwords and possibly answers to security questions), and even your bank information.

Check your credit report. You can check it for free three times a year.
Use the websites of the three national credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. A credit report is a report of a person’s credit history, including credit cards, bills, and public records. A credit report might help you learn if an identity thief has stolen your credit cards or your identity.

Identity thieves are professional criminals and are skilled at finding ways to steal identities to make money. Use these and other tips on the department’s Stop ID Theft website to keep your identity safe.

To speak with a bilingual department representative about protecting your identity and your taxes, please call (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or you can submit questions via e-mail to You also may visit the department’s Spanish website at

How to Open and Close a Business

April 27, 2015

Opening a Business

When it comes to opening a new business in Indiana, it’s important to determine whether you need to register your business with the Indiana Department of Revenue.

You will need to register your business if you:

  • Will be selling products or tangible items
  • Have employees
  • Sell food and beverages
  • Rent accommodations for less than 30 days
  • Rent motor vehicles
  • Sell tires
  • Sell fireworks
  • Sell prepaid wireless cards

To register your business with the department, you must submit a Business Tax Application (BT-1). This form allows you to set up the appropriate tax accounts for your business. You must complete a separate BT-1 for each location you would like to register. If you would like to consolidate tax filings for all or some of your locations, you should complete Form BT-1C.

The department understands that business owners are experts in their trade but don’t necessarily have an interest in or extensive knowledge of taxes. To help businesses start strong, the department offers a number of resources from specialized presentations to online resources by business type.

Closing a Business

If you close your business, you’ll need to close your business-tax accounts with the department. To do so, complete a Business Tax Closure Request (BC-100). You must complete a BC-100 for each location to be closed.

To verify the business closure, you must include one or more of the following:

  • Minutes of the final board of directors meeting
  • Records of bank accounts closed
  • Articles of dissolution
  • Notarized statement of dissolution from an officer of the business
  • Final utility bills
  • Proof of dissolution filed with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Books and records
  • Other pertinent information

Contact Us

Completed forms and documentation should be faxed to 317-232-1021 or mailed to:
Indiana Department of Revenue
Tax Administration Processing
P.O. Box 6197
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6197

If you need assistance opening or closing a business, please contact the department at 317-233-4015.

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