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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 1, 2004 Jill Weigel, Supervisor of Individual Income Tax, 701-328-3277

Clayburgh Offers Tax Filing Tips

BISMARCK --- With just two weeks left for taxpayers to file individual income tax returns, Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh offered some tips to help taxpayers complete and file their returns error-free.

"So far, over 4,000 individual income tax returns have been sent back to taxpayers because of missing information," said Commissioner Clayburgh. "The errors are ones that could easily be avoided if the taxpayer files electronically."

Clayburgh offered the following suggestions for taxpayers who choose to file a paper return:

  1. Make sure you enclose a complete copy of your federal income tax return.
  2. Make sure you include all of your Form W-2s and any Form 1099s showing North Dakota income tax withheld.
  3. Check that all required schedules and supporting statements are attached.
  4. Sign your return. If filing a joint return, your spouse must also sign.

"As the deadline approaches, errors like this could create delays or even cause a return to be filed late," said Clayburgh.

Clayburgh also encouraged taxpayers to double-check their name, mailing address and social security numbers whether filing electronically or on paper.

"Incorrect addresses have delayed the processing of more than 4,000 returns and refunds. Taxpayers should be using their current mailing address. Post office box numbers should be used if mail is not delivered to the taxpayer's home." Clayburgh added, "Taxpayers who e-file have fewer errors because the system automatically takes care of many of the problems we find on the paper returns."

For more tax information or to access North Dakota tax forms, Clayburgh suggests taxpayers visit the Tax Department's Web site at www.nd.gov/tax.

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