Delaware Personal Income Tax season begins January 23rd

Statewide, DE – Division of Revenue Director Patrick T. Carter announced today that the Delaware tax season will begin Friday, January 23, 2015. Citizens are encouraged to file their 2014 State of Delaware Personal Income Taxes online at www.delaware.gov. This year’s filing deadline is April 30, 2015.

As always, Delaware urges taxpayers to electronically file (e-file) their returns. E-filing offers many advantages. Refunds from e-filed returns are issued on average between 1-2 weeks, while refunds from paper-filed returns average 3-4 weeks. Last year, the average time to issue a refund for all tax filing methods combined was just over 10 days.

Delaware offers the following e-file options:

  1. Those who don’t need tax preparation software can e-file for free on the Delaware Division of Revenue website. This online system is extremely user-friendly and available 24/7. The system also allows taxpayers to file their returns and then schedule any payment due closer to the April 30th deadline. Taxpayers may pay their State of Delaware taxes on this system using a credit card or by debiting their bank account.
  2. Those who prefer tax-preparation software can e-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 (EITC)

For paper-filed returns, Revenue uses a modernized processing system that identifies tax filings based on the return. Therefore, any taxpayer who files a 2014 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.

Because Delaware does not maintain reciprocity 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. Likewise, 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 January 31, 2015, for any job worked during the 2014 calendar year. Those who haven’t received a W-2 by January 31st should contact their employer immediately.

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Media Contact:
Angela Moffett-Batty
Delaware Department of Finance
angela.moffett-batty@delaware.gov
Phone: (302) 577-8522


Delaware Lottery and Gaming Study Commission Meeting – Postponed

Statewide, DE – The Delaware Lottery and Gaming Study Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00 am has been postponed to a later date. The meeting will be rescheduled for next week.

Date and time to be announced.

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Football fan misses $100K Sports Lottery Parley win by one game

Dover, DE – Just two weeks into the official start of this year’s football season, one area football fan has already come close to winning the Delaware Sports Lottery’s $100,000 Parlay Card, says Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk.

Over 4,500 of the $5 parlay cards were played throughout the state prior to the Week 2 NFL games. As of Sunday evening one lucky player had picked 14 out of 15 games correctly against the point spread, leaving $100,000 at stake in last night’s Indianapolis Colts versus Philadelphia Eagles game.

To win the parlay the Colts had to beat the Eagles by more than three points. Unfortunately, we now know that didn’t happen.

“It definitely looked like Delaware had a winner when the Colts were up by 14 midway through the third quarter,” says Kirk. “Then to have the Eagles rally like that – and to win in the last three seconds of the game – it was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout.”

The odds of winning the Delaware Sports Lottery’s $100,000 Parlay Card are roughly 32,000 to one; however, each year Delaware has several players come close. In 2011, a 34-year-old football fan from Camden, NJ, won after the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins at the same time the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans.

“The $100,000 card is very popular with our Sports Lottery players,” said Delaware Secretary of Finance Tom Cook. “For $5 it’s fun for sports fans to see how close they can get to winning 15 of 15 games. But with so many people only a game or two away so often, we’re pretty sure someone is going to win the $100,000 again soon. It’s just a matter of who and when.”

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Angela Moffett-Batty
Community Relations Coordinator
Delaware Department of Finance
angela.moffett@delaware.gov
302-577-8522


Delaware Escheator Gregor warns of misleading Unclaimed Property postcards

DE – Statewide (July 28, 2014) – Delaware’s State Escheator David Gregor warns today that postcards stamped “Unclaimed Property Notification” are suspicious and should be ignored. They have not been sent from Delaware’s Unclaimed Property department or by any other State of Delaware agency.

The postcards, which have been distributed in multiple states so far, instruct receivers to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. A recorded message instructs receivers to search for unclaimed property at www.unclaimed.org.

“Delaware has not sent these cards nor have they been sent on Delaware’s behalf,” Gregor said. “We would never ask an individual to provide personal information to a call-in number, and we would recommend anyone who receives these cards to remain cautious and to not respond in any way.”

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and unclaimed property administrators from other states report that they too have received numerous consumer complaints about the suspicious postcards, which are postmarked from Denver, Colo., and appear to have been sent by a debt collector. They have shown up in a variety of solid colors – green, blue, yellow, and orange.

Delaware’s Department of Finance received its first inquiry about the postcards this morning, but expects more to follow in the next few weeks.

As always, anyone who believes they may have had unclaimed property escheated to the State of Delaware should search http://finance.delaware.gov/unclaimedproperty.shtml or call 302-577-8220.

Images of the front and back of actual postcard:

Postcard Postcard 2

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Media contact:

Angela Moffett-Batty
Community Relations Coordinator
Delaware Department of Finance
302-577-8522
angela.moffett@delaware.gov


Delaware enhances online gaming experience

Statewide, DE – The Delaware Lottery Office announced today a number of new enhancements to the internet-based gaming sites available through Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway.

MAC users now have access to Delaware’s internet casino games.  For the first time, they too can experience the fun of blackjack, roulette, and video lottery or “slot machines.” All players – both PC and MAC – will be able to enjoy internet casino games without having to first download a Poker application. In addition, four new blackjack games have been added to include multi-hand options. Harrington Raceway has also included two new and exciting video lottery games, Café de Paris and City Life 2.

“The success of internet gaming for the state, the casinos, and players depends on creating a fun and easy experience for everyone,” says Secretary of Finance Tom Cook. “We’re excited to offer an iGaming option that doesn’t require a Poker download, and we’re thrilled MAC users can now participate. These enhancements to the technology and to the games themselves allow Delaware to service a whole new segment of players.”

Delaware has offered casino games and Poker online since October 2013. Access to internet gaming is available via the following casino websites:

http://www.delawarepark.com/igaming/
http://www.doverdowns.com/online
http://www.harringtongamingonline.com/

Players who have questions or need technical assistance may contact customer support at:

Delaware Park: 888-201-4603 or support@delparkonline.com
Dover Downs: 888-201-5301 or support@onlinegaming.doverdowns.com
Harrington Raceway:  888-201-4083 or  support@HarringtonGamingOnline.com

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Contacts:
Vernon Kirk
Director
Delaware Lottery
vernon.kirk@delaware.gov
302-744-1601

Angela Moffett-Batty
Community Relations Coordinator
Delaware Department of Finance
angela.moffett@delaware.gov
302-577-8522