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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 Specialist, 701.328.3039
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Additional Individuals and Businesses Eligible for Tax Filing Extensions

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that additional taxpayers and relief workers affected by the recent severe storms and flooding across the state will qualify for an extension to file their state individual and business income tax returns with the Tax Department. The extension provides additional time to file without incurring late filing or late payment fees and interest. The announcement followed a similar action taken by the IRS on Monday, April 13.

According to Fong, four counties, Griggs, Steele, Towner, and Traill, are added to the list of counties in which taxpayers have until May 15, 2009 to file their state and federal individual income tax returns. Taxpayers in these four counties are in addition to those in the 34 counties and two Indian Reservations who were already granted the one-month extension for filing their state and federal individual income returns earlier this month.

“Individual taxpayers in these additional counties now have an extra 30 days beyond the traditional April 15 filing deadline in which to file their individual income tax returns,” said Fong.

Following the April 13 action by the IRS, Fong also announced that businesses in 26 counties have until May 15, 2009 to file state business income tax returns and estimated payments that would normally have become due on or before April 15. The 26 counties included in the extension for business income tax returns are: Adams, Barnes, Billings, Burleigh, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Mercer, Morton, Nelson, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, and Williams counties.

The state business income tax returns that qualify for the one-month extension include: corporation, subchapter s corporation, partnership, estate, trust, and financial institutions.

Taxpayers should write “severe storms, flooding” on the front of their federal and state returns. Taxpayers who e-file their returns should use their software’s “disaster” feature, if available.

“Providing relief to North Dakota communities, families, and businesses that have endured the recent spring flooding is the right thing to do,” said Fong. “We hope that the extra time will give taxpayers – individuals and businesses alike – some peace of mind so they can focus on recovery.”

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 or call the Office of State Tax Commissioner at 701.328.7088 (and select option 5).

Fong said, “The Tax Department will continue to monitor the flooding situation throughout the state and will issue additional extensions as needed.”

For more information about the federal relief or extensions, taxpayers should visit the IRS web site at www.nd.gov/tax or call the IRS at 800.829.1040 for individuals. For business-related tax questions, call the IRS at 800.829.4933.

List of Counties with Extended Due Date Updated 5/14/2009

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