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600 E. Boulevard Ave.
  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
  701.328.3700 fax
  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770
April 10, 2003 Jill Weigel, Supervisor of Individual Income Tax, 701-328-3277

Clayburgh Offers Tax Filing Tips

BISMARCK --- With less than a week to go before this year's income tax filing deadline (Tuesday, April 15), Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh offered some last-minute income tax filing tips for both electronically filed returns and traditional paper returns.

"We've been hearing from taxpayers who e-file that are pleased with how convenient and easy e-file is to use," said Commissioner Clayburgh. "In fact, we've had a taxpayer thank us for the e-file system because it automatically used a schedule that saved the taxpayer money. The taxpayer indicated it was a schedule they would not have known they could use if they had filed a paper return."

The Tax Department has been encouraging taxpayers to e-file because of the accuracy of e-file calculations and the quick turn around for refunds.

Clayburgh said, "For taxpayers who e-file and use Direct Deposit, we've been able to get them their refund in as little as five days." Clayburgh offered the following tips for taxpayers who choose to e-file their return:

  1. Make sure your address is current and social security numbers are correct.
  2. Telefile is not available in North Dakota for the state return. If you use Telefile for the federal return, you need to file a paper state return.
  3. Be sure the tax preparer, software or online service supports North Dakota for e-file.
  4. After e-filing the return, watch for a receipt acknowledgment from the IRS and the Tax Department. If you don't receive an acknowledgement within 24-72 hours the return did not get e-filed and you should contact the Tax Department or the IRS.
  5. Don't mail in a paper return if filing electronically.

"Taxpayers who e-file have fewer errors because the system automatically takes care of many of the problems we find on the paper returns," said Clayburgh. For taxpayers who file a paper return, Clayburgh also offered some suggestions:

  1. Make sure you attach a copy of your federal return and supporting schedules.
  2. Make sure to use your current, correct mailing address on the return.
  3. Be sure to sign the return. Married taxpayers filing a joint return need to have both signatures on the return.
  4. Make sure you attach copies of W-2s.
  5. Make sure your social security number is correct, matches your W-2s, and is clearly written on the form. If your W-2 is incorrect, visit with your employer.
  6. Use the correct postage.

The Tax Department 16th floor office in Bismarck will extend its hours on Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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.

"By offering last minute help and extending our hours during this busy time we are able to help those people who may have delayed filing their taxes," said Clayburgh.

Clayburgh also suggests taxpayers visit the Tax Department's Web site at www.nd.gov/tax for more tax information or to access the North Dakota tax forms, which can be completed and mailed.

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