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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: Cory Fong, Tax Commissioner 701.328.2770
Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Fong Offers Last Minute Income Tax Filing Tips

BISMARCK, N.D. - Tax Commissioner Cory Fong urged taxpayers to double-check their name, mailing address and social security numbers whether filing electronically or on paper.

“Incorrect address information has resulted in delayed refunds for over four thousand taxpayers this year,” said Fong. “In order to receive their refunds quickly, taxpayers should be sure to use their current mailing address, whether it is a street address or P.O. Box number. The best option is to use Direct Deposit.”

Fong added tax filers who use Direct Deposit will avoid delays that an incorrect address causes because the refund is deposited directly into the taxpayer’s checking or savings account. Fong offered other last minute filing tips for taxpayers who have not filed their returns.

When filing electronically, taxpayers are reminded:

  1. Be sure the software or on-line service can transmit both the federal form and the North Dakota return.
  2. Do not mail in a paper return if filing electronically.

When filing paper returns:

  1. Be sure the copies of the federal return, supporting schedules, and W-2s are attached and readable. Missing documentation is the most common error taxpayers make.
  2. Taxpayers need to be sure to sign the return, including the spouse, if filing jointly. This common error may be avoided if the taxpayer e-files.
  3. Use the correct postage.

Fong also reminded taxpayers that if they file for a federal extension, they do not need to apply for a separate state filing extension.

“If a taxpayer needs an extension,” Fong said, “the federal extension will also apply to the state return. The taxpayer simply needs to attach a copy of the federal extension form and check the extension box on the state return.”

Fong encourages taxpayers to e-file because of the accuracy of e-file calculations and the quick turnaround for refunds. Fong said, “Taxpayers who e-file and use Direct Deposit generally receive their state refund in as little as five days. And, taxpayers who owe the state taxes may e-file and pay by credit card through the Internet at www.nd.gov/tax.”

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.

Taxpayers are encouraged to visit the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax for more tax information or to access and print North Dakota’s tax forms. Taxpayers may get assistance with their state return from the Office of State Tax Commissioner Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in person or by calling 800.638.2901 statewide or 701.328.3450 in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

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