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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770
January 14, 2003

Web Site Available To Pay North Dakota Taxes By Credit Card

BISMARCK --- Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh today announced that a Web site is now available for taxpayers to pay their income taxes on-line by credit card.

"This is the first time that North Dakota taxpayers have the option to pay their income taxes with a credit card," said Commissioner Clayburgh. "And, it's an option that taxpayers have been requesting since 1999 when the IRS began accepting credit card payment for federal income taxes."

The payment application, developed by Nashville-based Link2Gov Corporation, lets taxpayers use their American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit card to pay their income taxes, even after they file their return. Taxpayers will be charged a 2.49 percent convenience fee by Link2Gov to cover the cost of processing the transaction. The State of North Dakota and the Office of State Tax Commissioner do not pay any part of the fee as part of the cost of processing taxes. And the Tax Department does not receive the convenience fee.

"This is merely offered as a tool for taxpayers who want to use credit cards as a method of paying their taxes," said Clayburgh, "The State of North Dakota does not receive the convenience fee, Link2Gov retains the fee to process the credit card transactions." Taxpayers who decide they do not want to be charged the additional fee will be able to opt out at any time before the transaction is completed.

"Within hours of the Web site being available, we received our first credit card transaction," said Commissioner Clayburgh. "We did not expect to see activity so soon."

Estimated tax payments and extension tax payments can also be made by credit card. Taxpayers who make a payment after the due date of their income tax return or estimated tax payment may be charged interest and penalty fees.

"Taxpayers do not need to have Internet access to use the credit card payment option," said Clayburgh. "If a taxpayer doesn't have access to the Internet they can make tax payments by calling a toll-free number."

Payments can be made either online at www.ndtaxpayment.com or over the phone by calling 1-888-ND-TAXES (1-888-638-2937). Both payment methods will accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit and check cards.

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