|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner, 701-328-2770|
|April 10, 2002||Jill Weigel, Supervisor, Individual Income Tax Section, 701-328-3277|
Tax Department Extends Hours on April 15
BISMARCK---With April 15 just around the corner, Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh announced that the North Dakota Tax Department will be open on Monday, April 15, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to help North Dakotans prepare their state tax returns.
“We offer last minute help and extend our hours during this busy time because we want to make things as convenient as possible for people who may have delayed filing their taxes,” said Clayburgh.
The Tax Department’s 16th floor office of the Capitol will be open after 5:00 p.m. on April 15 to help tax filers in person. The north door of the Capitol will be open after 5:00 p.m. Tax filers will need to have a copy of their federal tax return, W-2s, and 1099s with them. Taxpayers can call 1-800-638-2901 statewide or 328-3450 in the Bismarck-Mandan area for confidential help with their state tax return.
“If taxpayers need an extension to file,” Clayburgh said, “the federal extension will also apply to the state return and they just need to attach a copy of IRS Form 4868 to their state return.” Taxpayers do not need to apply for a separate state filing extension if they have a federal extension. Federal or state extensions need to be filed before April 15.
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 you sign your return.
- 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.
When filing electronically, taxpayers are reminded:
- Use software or an on-line service that can transmit both the federal form and the North Dakota return.
- Make sure the address and social security numbers on the return are correct.
- Don’t mail in a paper return if you file electronically.
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.