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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
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  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cory Fong, Tax Commissioner, 701.328.2770
Tuesday, April 5, 2007

Fong: April 17 Tax Filing Deadline Nears

BISMARCK, N.D. – With less than two weeks to go before the deadline, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong reminded taxpayers that individual income tax returns need to be postmarked or electronically filed by midnight, Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in order to avoid penalties and interest. The extra time is a result of a decision made by the IRS earlier in the year giving taxpayers two extra days to file.

“In these last days of the filing season, we continue to urge taxpayers to consider filing electronically,” said Fong. “By e-filing, taxpayers are able to avoid that last-minute scramble of looking for a paper form, envelope, and stamp.”

Tax Department statistics show that the number of returns e-filed is ahead of last year. Through the end of March, 128,894 or 63 percent of the tax returns were e-filed to the Tax Department, an increase of 8.5 percent from 2006 to 2007. The number of returns e-filed to the IRS has grown 5.7 percent from 2006 to 2007.

Fong offered the following suggestions for taxpayers, for paper and electronic returns:

  1. Double-check the return to be sure the entries are correct, especially the name, address, and social security number.
  2. Only complete the areas that apply to you. If it does not apply, leave the box blank.
  3. Be sure to enter a current, valid mailing address. Refund checks with incomplete or invalid addresses are returned to the Tax Department. If a taxpayer has a street address and a Post Office Box, they should use the Post Office Box, not both. Taxpayers who use Direct Deposit avoid the delivery problems.
  4. If you e-file, do not send in a paper return.

Fong added that taxpayers who file paper should also pay attention to the following:

  • If filing a paper return, please file the original colored form - do not file a copy of the specially colored form. The color helps the department’s scanning system process the paper form more efficiently.
  • If you file a paper return, be sure you enclose a complete copy of your federal income tax return. Also, make sure to include all of your Form W-2s and any Form 1099s showing North Dakota income tax withheld.
  • Taxpayers filing paper should be sure to sign their return. If filing a joint return, their spouse must also sign.

“As the deadline approaches, it is easy to get caught up in the last-minute rush to file on time. Unfortunately, that is when mistakes can happen, which create delays or results in the return being filed late,” said Fong. “Taxpayers who e-file avoid these simple errors because the system automatically takes care of many of the problems we find on paper returns.”

Once taxpayers have filed their returns, they 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 convenient way to find out if their return was received, processed, or the date their refund was issued.

For more information, visit the Tax Department’s web site at http://www.nd.gov/tax/. Taxpayers may call 800.638.2901 (statewide) or 701.328.3450 (Bismarck-Mandan area) for help with the state tax return.

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