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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner   701-328-2770
January 22, 2002 Jill Weigel, Supervisor, Individual Income Tax Section, 701-328-3277

Clayburgh Urges Taxpayer Caution When Purchasing Software

BISMARCK ---Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh today urged taxpayers who purchase tax preparation software to make sure the program supports the North Dakota tax forms.

“Taxpayers need to be careful when selecting a software package or Internet-based tax service because not all are the same,” said Commissioner Clayburgh. “Not all products support the North Dakota forms and some are not able to electronically file the North Dakota tax forms.”

Last year, the state tax department received over 330,000 state income tax returns of which over 50,000 were electronically filed. Of last year’s e-filed returns, approximately eleven percent were prepared and transmitted by the individual taxpayer.

Taxpayers can purchase tax preparation software at many retail outlets and tax preparation services are available on the Internet. Companies whose products electronically file the North Dakota tax forms are listed on the Tax Department web site.

“Taxpayers can check our web site to determine which software or Internet company is able to prepare and transmit the North Dakota tax forms electronically,” said Clayburgh.

The Tax Department web site, www.nd.gov/tax, provides taxpayers with a listing of approved companies. The Tax Department anticipates the list will be updated periodically over the coming weeks as new companies are added.

Clayburgh said that e-filing is often included in the cost of purchased tax preparation software or in the fees taxpayers pay for on-line tax preparation services.

“Some sites also offer free e-filing to taxpayers who meet certain requirements,” said Clayburgh. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites, and some web sites may e-file free of charge for lower income taxpayers, such as college or high school students. Clayburgh suggests taxpayers investigate the different options available to them.

To find out more about electronic filing products that support the North Dakota forms, visit the tax department web site at www.nd.gov/tax.

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