|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770|
|April 10, 2001||Jill Weigel, Supervisor, Individual Income Tax Section, 701-328-3277|
Tax Department Extends Hours on April 16
BISMARCK ---April 16 is the last day to file a return on time, reminded Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh as he announced that the North Dakota Tax Department will be open on Monday, April 16, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to help North Dakotans prepare their state tax returns.
Commissioner Clayburgh said “The Tax Department’s 16th floor office of the Capitol will be open after 5:00 p.m. on April 16 to help tax filers in person. The north door of the Capitol will be open after 5:00 p.m.” Clayburgh reminds tax filers that they will need to have a copy of their federal tax return, W-2s, and 1099s with them.
“We are hoping to make things a little more convenient for people who may have delayed filing their taxes,” said Clayburgh. “Offering last minute help and extending our hours during this busy time are additional ways we are working to give the best customer service possible.”
Taxpayers can call 1-800-638-2901 statewide or 328-3450 in the Bismarck-Mandan area if they need help with their state tax return.
Commissioner Clayburgh also offered some last-minute income tax filing tips for both traditional paper returns and for filing tax returns electronically.
When filing paper returns:
Make sure the copies of wage and tax statements (W-2s) are attached and readable.
Verify your social security number and make sure it matches your W-2s and is clearly written on the form. If your W-2 is incorrect, visit with your employer.
Make sure you attach a copy of your federal return and supporting schedules.
Make sure you double-check your math – by far, the most common errors continue to be simple addition and subtraction errors.
Use the correct postage. Make a copy for your own records.
Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically for several reasons:
- Faster refunds – on average refunds for e-filed returns take about seven days;
- Tax return preparation is faster and easier; and,
- E-filed returns are more accurate because the computer programs do the math.
When filing electronically, taxpayers are reminded:
- Make sure the address and social security numbers on the return are correct.
- Don’t mail in a paper return if you file electronically
- Don’t mail in a Form 37-SV if your North Dakota return is rejected during the electronic filing process.
Taxpayers who have their refunds directly deposited into a checking or savings account are reminded to check with their bank to find out if the refund has been received before calling the tax department.
Clayburgh said, “Taxpayers can always get assistance from the Office of State Tax Commissioner during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, by telephone or in person.” Clayburgh also suggests taxpayers visit the Tax Department’s website at www.nd.gov/tax for more tax information or to access and print the North Dakota tax forms, which can be completed and mailed.