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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
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Fong: Taxpayers Should Check Into Free E-File

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminded taxpayers about free electronic filing (e-file) options available on the state Tax Department’s web site.

“We encourage taxpayers to check into the free services listed on the North Dakota Tax Department’s web site,” said Fong. “That is because not all the services listed on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site include North Dakota’s forms in their products.”

The free e-file services are available through a partnership between the state, the IRS, and the private tax software industry. Taxpayers will find a number of tax software companies listed on the Department’s web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/. Those companies offer to prepare and file tax returns free for taxpayers who meet certain criteria. Each company sets its own conditions, which are usually based on factors such as age, military status, or adjusted gross income.

“Our web site features free e-file services and offers links to the latest tax preparation software that allows taxpayers to file electronically for free,” said Fong. The Tax Department estimates that about 60 percent of North Dakotans might qualify for free file.

Through e-file, taxpayers can submit their state and federal income tax returns at the same time. The tax software uses a question-and-answer format to help taxpayers complete their tax return. As they enter data into the system, the software will automatically transfer relevant data from the federal return to the state return.

Taxpayers may also choose to have their refunds deposited directly into their bank account. And that means they get their refunds faster than if they wait for a traditional paper check. And, to help taxpayers track their refund, the Tax Department now offers an online refund tracking system called “Where’s My Refund?”

“The new online tool allows taxpayers to quickly find out the status of their refund,” said Fong. “Taxpayers can use the online system 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

Taxpayers can access “Where’s My Refund?” by going online at http://www.nd.gov/tax/. After entering certain information, they will learn:

  • If their return was not received or not processed;
  • If their return is being processed; or
  • The date their refund was issued.

For more information about electronic filing options, taxpayers can visit the Tax Department’s web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/, or call (701) 328-3450.

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