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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 7, 2004

E-file Exceeds 104,000

BISMARCK --- With one week to go, Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh announced today that the Tax Department has already received more income tax returns electronically than during all of last year.

"North Dakota's taxpayers are discovering how easy it is to file their tax return electronically," said Clayburgh, "and they're pleased with how quickly they get their refund."

With less than two weeks to go before the April 15 tax filing deadline, the tax department received its 104,255 e-filed income tax return, 345 more than received all of last year. In total, the department normally receives about 310,000 returns, and estimates 130,000 of those will be filed electronically.

"Taxpayers will use technology that works for them and e-filing of income taxes works. It's fast. It's easy. And it's accurate," said Clayburgh. "The continued increase in e-filed returns shows that people want the convenience of doing business on-line and we are committed to making those services available."

Electronic filing includes returns filed through a tax practitioner, through tax software with modem capabilities, and through services offered on the Internet. This year, the Tax Department joined the Free File Alliance, an organization of tax companies and federal and state agencies. The goal of the Free File Alliance is to provide free e-filing options to taxpayers meeting certain requirements usually based on age, income, or military status.

"E-file is the fastest and most accurate filing option," said Clayburgh. "And, we are seeing more tax practitioners offering electronic filing as part of their service. Tax preparers by far submit the largest share of electronic returns."

Tax preparers have transmitted 82 percent of the electronic returns so far and 18 percent were e-filed by individuals. Last year, 85 percent were prepared by tax professionals and 15 percent were filed by taxpayers online or by using off-the-shelf software.

Taxpayers can find out more about e-filing by asking their tax preparer, calling the Office of State Tax Commissioner at 1-800-638-2901 or 701-328-3450, or visiting the tax department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax/

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