|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770|
|December 26, 2002||Gary Anderson, Director, Income & Oil Taxes, 328-3471|
Individual Income Tax Forms In The Mail
BISMARCK --- People usually expect to find "after-Christmas" sales flyers in their mailbox at this time of year. For many North Dakota taxpayers, they will be receiving their individual income tax booklets too, Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh announced today. Clayburgh indicated that the Tax Department expects to start mailing the tax booklets on December 26.
The Tax Department estimates about 110,000 income tax booklets are being sent to nonresident taxpayers and taxpayers who prepared their own paper return for 2001. Last year that number was higher - over 300,000 booklets were mailed so all North Dakota taxpayers could read about the changes to the state individual income tax law.
"As we considered what we should mail and to whom, we chose to return to our mailing practices of years prior to 2001," said Clayburgh. Clayburgh added that "the one change we implemented this year is that postcard reminders will not be sent this year."
As Tax Department staff deliberated over the mailing process for this year, several factors were considered.
Almost 25 percent of the returns filed during 2002 were filed electronically - through the Internet or by a paid tax preparer.
"Taxpayers are finding e-file to be convenient and a quick and easy way to file their individual income tax return," said Commissioner Clayburgh. "And, e file helps the Tax Department reduce the cost of processing tax returns, saving taxpayers money."
In addition to e-file, the overall cost of producing and mailing booklets and postcards was another factor considered by Tax Department staff.
"Our mission is to fairly and effectively administer the tax laws of North Dakota," said Clayburgh, "and our goal is to do this as feasibly and efficiently as possible." The projected savings of $55,000 in printing and postage helped Tax Department officials decide to eliminate mailing postcards that were often overlooked or discarded by the recipients.
Individuals who do not receive a booklet in the mail will still be able to find the tax forms and instruction booklets in several ways:
- Go to the Tax Department's official website at www.nd.gov/tax
- Visit the local post office or library.
- Call the Tax Department at 1-800-638-2901 or locally at 701-328-3450.