|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039|
|Thursday, April 9, 2009|
Tax Department Extends Hours on April 15
BISMARCK, N.D. – With the April 15 income tax filing deadline just around the corner, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that the Tax Department will be open on Wednesday, April 15, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to accommodate taxpayers who plan to drop off their return in person and to help those who may have last minute questions. Fong said, “By staying open later, more taxpayers will be able to reach Department employees to get answers to their last-minute questions.”
Fong reminds taxpayers that the April 15 deadline still applies to those who do not qualify for the extended filing deadline that was recently granted due to the widespread flooding across the state. On April 2, the IRS and the North Dakota Tax Department extended the deadline for individual income taxpayers affected by the spring flooding in 34 counties and two Indian Reservations.
“Taxpayers who have been impacted by the spring flooding have extra time to file and pay their individual income tax,” said Fong. “Our focus today is to let individuals know that our business hours are lengthened on April 15 to accommodate those taxpayers who are still required to meet the traditional April 15 deadline.”
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 Wednesday, April 15, 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. The Tax Department encourages taxpayers to be sure the return they file is complete and accurate.
Fong also suggested that taxpayers who are required to file by the traditional April 15 due date but don’t think they will be able to meet that deadline, to file an extension rather than filing an incomplete return.
Individuals may request an extension by filing the federal IRS Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File. Filing the IRS Form 4868 gives taxpayers until October 15, 2009, to file their individual 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 time to file their North Dakota return.
Taxpayers filing for an extension also 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 suggests taxpayers visit the state web site at www.nd.gov/tax for more tax information. Taxpayers who need help with their state tax return may call 701.328.7088 or visit the Tax Department in person from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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