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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: Beth Boustead, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039
Friday, February 6, 2009

FONG REMINDS TAXPAYERS TO REDEEM PROPERTY TAX RELIEF CERTIFICATES

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong reminded taxpayers who received a Property Tax Relief Certificate during 2008 to be sure to redeem the certificate before the expiration date.

“Thousands of North Dakota property owners received a Property Tax Relief Certificate from the Tax Department during 2008,” said Fong. “Today we are simply reminding those property owners to be sure to redeem the certificate before it expires.”

The 2007 Legislature passed a law providing property tax relief to North Dakota property owners. To receive the relief, property owners claim the property tax relief income tax credit on their North Dakota income tax return or by filing a Form ND-3. The credit allowed many property owners to reduce their income tax liability. Nearly 30,000 property owners whose credit exceeded their income tax liability received a property tax relief certificate for the amount of the unused credit.

Fong said, “We want to alert property owners who received a certificate that they need to redeem it before it expires.”

According to the Tax Department, nearly 800 property tax relief certificates for more than $114,000 will expire by the end of March. The Tax Department recently notified nearly 600 property owners who have not yet redeemed their property tax relief certificates that their certificate will expire within the next 45 days.

Property owners should check with their county treasurer’s office about redeeming the certificate. The Tax Department’s web site also provides information about the Certificate Treatment options available for each county.

“In our letter to property owners, we have informed them that if they have misplaced their certificate that they are still able to redeem the certificate simply by taking our reminder letter to their county treasurer,” said Fong. “Our reminder letter serves as a certificate.”

During 2008, property owners have received over $41.5 million in total property tax relief. Of that, the Department has issued nearly 30,000 Property Tax Relief Certificates totaling nearly $6 million dollars in property tax relief. Fong reported that over 2,700 certificates (nine percent) totaling nearly $460,000 are set to expire during 2009.

Property owners who have not redeemed their certificate because it is lost or misplaced should contact the Tax Department at 701.328.1247 or toll-free 877.328.7088 (select option 5).

Information about the Property Tax Relief Income Tax Credit is available on the Tax Department web site at www.nd.gov/tax or email the Tax Department at propertytaxrelief@nd.gov.

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