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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 11, 2007

Tax Department Extends Hours on April 17

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the April 17 income tax filing deadline just around the corner, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that the North Dakota Tax Department will be open on Tuesday, April 17, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to help North Dakotans prepare their state tax returns.

The IRS had announced earlier this year that taxpayers have until April 17, 2007, to file 2006 federal returns, extensions, and payments. North Dakotans also have until April 17 to file the state return.

“We want to make tax filing as simple as possible,” said Fong. “So when the IRS extended the federal due date to April 17, North Dakota agreed to follow, which gives taxpayers two extra days to file and still be considered on-time.”

The Tax Department will extend its usual business hours on Tuesday, April 17, until 9:00 p.m. to accommodate taxpayers who plan to drop off their return in person and for those who may have last minute questions.

Fong said, “By extending the hours, taxpayers will be able to reach Department employees to get answers to their last-minute questions.”

Tax filers may get help with their state income tax return in person by going to the State Tax Department’s office on the 16th floor in the Capitol. On Tuesday, April 17, the north door of the Capitol will be open from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tax filers will need to have a copy of their federal tax return, W-2s, and 1099s with them.

Fong added, “Individuals, unable to complete their tax returns by the April 17th deadline, may request an extension by filing the federal IRS Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File.”

An approved extension (IRS Form 4868) gives taxpayers until October 15, 2007, to file their individual tax return. Taxpayers will receive an automatic extension of time to file their North Dakota income tax return if they obtain a federal extension. Taxpayers need to file the federal Form 4868 with the IRS. The IRS must receive extension requests by April 17, 2007. Taxpayers need to include an estimated payment of the anticipated taxes due. Form 4868 is available on the IRS web site at www.irs.gov or by calling 800.829.1040 to have forms mailed.

Taxpayers who have filed can check the status of their state refund, by visiting the Tax Department’s web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/. The online service provides individuals a way to find out if their return has been received, processed; or if the refund has been issued.

Fong suggests taxpayers visit the state web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/ for more tax information. Taxpayers who need help with their state tax return may call 800.638.2901 statewide or 701.328.3450 in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Taxpayers may also get assistance in person at the Tax Department from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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