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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Monday, March 30, 2009

Tax Department Offers Tax Filing Relief Due to Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that the Tax Department has granted an extension of time to file and pay North Dakota taxes due on or before March 31, 2009. The extension is offered to individuals and businesses affected by the spring flooding in the state.

“The flooding has disrupted the lives of individuals and interrupted business operations around the state,” said Fong. “The Tax Department is ready to help affected taxpayers by offering the extension of time to file and pay North Dakota taxes due on or before March 31.”

Affected taxpayers have until April 21, 2009, to file returns and pay any North Dakota taxes that would have been due on or before March 31, 2009. No penalty or interest will be charged on any tax due on state tax returns filed and paid by the extended due date.

“We will do our best to take the disaster into consideration as we conduct our day-to-day business,” said Fong. “In case a taxpayer who is eligible for this relief receives a notice of tax, penalty, or interest due from the Department, they should call the telephone number listed on the notice for assistance.”

Taxpayers eligible for the relief include individuals who live in areas affected by the flooding, as well as businesses whose principal place of business is directly affected by flooding. The relief is also available to taxpayers outside the affected areas but whose books or other tax records are located in the affected area.

Fong said, “The Tax Department will continue to monitor the flooding condition statewide and authorize additional extensions if necessary.”

Individual income taxpayers who anticipate not being able to meet the April 15 filing date for individual income tax returns may request an extension by filing the federal IRS Form 4868 a - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File. Filing the IRS Form 4868 gives taxpayers until October 15, 2009, to file their individual income tax return. Taxpayers need to file the federal Form 4868 with the IRS by April 15, 2009. Taxpayers who obtain a federal extension will receive an automatic extension of their North Dakota individual income tax return.

Individual income taxpayers need to include a 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.

Fong said, “Filing Form 4868 gives taxpayers an extension of time to file, it is not an extension of time to pay if they owe tax.”

Individuals and businesses with questions or concerns about filing and paying their North Dakota taxes should visit the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax and click on Disaster Relief for North Dakota Taxpayers located under What’s New or call the Office of State Tax Commissioner at 701.328.7088 (and select option 5).

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