|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039|
|Wednesday, February 24, 2010|
FONG: USE TAX DEPARTMENT WEB SITE FOR FREE E-FILE
BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today urged taxpayers to use the Tax Department’s web site to access the different electronic filing options – Free File, IRS E-File and Individual Income Tax WebFile.
“Not all the Free File or e-file services listed on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site include North Dakota’s forms in their products,” said Fong. “That is why we are urging taxpayers to use the electronic services listed on the North Dakota Tax Department’s web site.”
The free e-file services are available through a partnership between the state, the IRS, and private tax software companies. Taxpayers will find a number of tax software companies listed on the state Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax. Those companies offer to prepare and file federal and state tax returns free for taxpayers who meet certain criteria. Fong noted that each company sets its’ own conditions, which are usually based on factors such as age, military status, or adjusted gross income.
“Because it can be difficult to wade through all the offers, we created an online tool to help taxpayers find the Free File solution that best fits their needs,” said Fong. “And, for taxpayers who might not qualify for Free File, the Tax Department’s site offers a state-only WebFile application for eligible taxpayers filing simple state income tax returns.”
The Tax Department estimates that about 70 percent of North Dakotans might qualify for free file through the Free File Alliance. The new interactive online tool serves as a portal for electronic filing of both, state and federal, individual income tax returns. Taxpayers simply answer a few easy questions, which will produce a list of Free File providers that may work best for them. The online tool is available on the Tax Department web site, www.nd.gov/tax.
By e-filing a tax return, taxpayers can submit their state and federal income tax returns at the same time. The tax software uses a question-and-answer format to help taxpayers complete their tax return and take full advantage of any tax credits and deductions for which they might qualify. As they enter data into the system, the software will automatically transfer relevant data from the federal return to the state return.
For more information about electronic filing options, taxpayers can visit the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax, call 701.328.7088 and select option 5. Taxpayers may also follow the Tax Department on Facebook.
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