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600 E. Boulevard Ave.
  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
  701.328.3700 fax
  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner   701-328-2770
March 23, 2001 Jill Weigel, Supervisor, Individual Income Tax Section, 701-328-3277

Taxpayers Can Avoid Refund Delays

BISMARCK ---North Dakota income tax payers can avoid delays in getting their refunds by filing electronically announced Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh today.   Taxpayers who wait until the April 16 deadline and file a paper tax return can expect to wait up to six weeks for their refund.

“Even taxpayers who file on April 16 can receive their refunds within seven working days if they choose the electronic direct deposit,” said Clayburgh.  

The tax department is anticipating approximately 330,500 tax returns.  Of the anticipated number of returns, approximately 50 percent will receive refunds.

Information about electronic filing is available via the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax.   From there, taxpayers have a choice of established online tax filing service providers – Complete Tax, Prep Tax and TurboTax.  Many tax preparation firms are able to file electronically.  And, taxpayers can purchase the software at computer stores.

Commissioner Clayburgh said, “Taxpayers who purchase tax filing software need to make sure the software supports North Dakota’s tax forms for electronic filing.”  

Either way, e-filing helps prevent math errors – by far the most common problem with tax returns, that slow down refunds.

Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may qualify for free e-filing through their local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site or through the Quicken Tax Freedom Project offered by Intuit, the same company that offers TurboTax software. 

So far this tax filing season, over 36,000 North Dakota taxpayers have taken advantage of e-file.  That’s up from 22,000 at this point last year.

Taxpayers can find out more about e-filing by asking their tax preparer, calling the Office of State Tax Commissioner at 1-800-638-2901 or 701-328-3450, or visiting the tax department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax.

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