Tax Guidance

The guidance available here explains the general guides rather than detailed discussions of Iowa tax law. We make every attempt to keep guidance current, however, changes in law or policy may not be immediately reflected.

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Tax Guidance

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Income Tax, Coronavirus/COVID-19

On June 16, 2021, Governor Reynolds signed into law Senate File 619, which in part excludes from the Iowa income and franchise tax the receipt of certain qualifying COVID-19 grants issued by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. This exclusion was previously only available for Iowa small business relief grants provided by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The Department has updated guidance which describes this tax exclusion, identifies qualifying grants, and directs taxpayers on how to claim this exclusion on Iowa tax returns.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19

On March 19, 2020, the Director of the Department of Revenue issued Order 2020-01 granting certain filing and payment extensions pursuant to Iowa Code section 421.17(30) following the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in response to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Click to view News Releases, Iowa Small Business Relief Program, tax information, and Common Questions.

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Income Tax, Coronavirus/COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Public Law 116-136, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The CARES Act includes a number of federal tax changes, and several are retroactive to tax years 2018 and 2019. Iowa has not conformed with any of these federal tax changes to the extent they apply to a tax year beginning prior to January 1, 2020. Iowa generally conforms with these federal tax changes to the extent they affect Iowa income taxes for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. This guidance focuses primarily on Iowa’s nonconformity with this federal law for tax years 2018 or 2019, but it also includes explanations of certain other provisions and their impact on Iowa income taxes for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 that may be of interest to taxpayers.

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General, Income Tax, Tax Credits, Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Department has issued new guidance related to Iowa’s conformity with certain tax provisions of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This guidance focuses primarily on Iowa’s nonconformity with this federal law for tax years beginning prior to January 1, 2020. Iowa generally conforms with the federal tax changes to the extent they affect Iowa income taxes for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

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Property Tax

The 2021 General Assembly made several revisions to Iowa Code section 321.105A, the fee for new registration for motor vehicles. These changes were recommended by the Department to clarify confusing issues about how the fee is imposed and how certain exemptions are applied. See guidance for further explanation of these changes.

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General, Other Taxes & Fees

At the Department's recommendation, the 2021 General Assembly amended Iowa Code section 421.27, which describes tax penalties and penalty waivers for all tax types. These revisions were made to improve the administration of penalties and penalty waivers for all taxpayers.

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Sales & Use Tax

This guidance addresses the taxability of purchases of tangible personal property, specified digital products, and services common to the manufacturing industry. This page is a general guide and is not binding on taxpayers or the Department. Refer to relevant Iowa Code provisions and administrative rules cited throughout the webpage for binding guidance, interpretations, and examples. For issues not addressed in this guidance, contact Taxpayer Services at 1-800-367-3388 or 515-281-3114 or submit a request for tax guidance.

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Income Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

Iowa’s conformity with the federal limitations on business interest expense deductions imposed by Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 163(j) varies depending on the year. For tax years beginning on or after Jan 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2020, Iowa conformed with the federal limitation. At this time Iowa does not conform to the federal limitation for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Due to these differences in conformity, some taxpayers will need to make certain adjustments to their federal business interest expense deduction to calculate the correct Iowa deduction amount for a given year.

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Income Tax, Iowa Tax Reform

This guidance was updated on 05/03/2021 to describe required adjustments and reporting procedures in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019 and before January 1, 2020, for partnerships and their partners that had business interest expense that was disallowed as a deduction for federal purposes under section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code in tax year 2018, but that was allowed as a deduction for Iowa purposes in tax year 2018 because of nonconformity. See Business Interest Expense Deduction for more information about adjustments to the business interest expense deduction required for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

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Sales & Use Tax

This guidance provides an overall summary of information including details specific if you are an Employee, Independent Contractor (Self Employed), or Employer. Additionally there are details regarding returns/schedules to be filed, reporting income from tips, what is subject to sales tax, Local Option Sales Tax, and Consumer's Use Tax.

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