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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Monday, April 12, 2010

Fong: April 15 Tax Filing Deadline Nears

BISMARCK, N.D. – With a couple days to go before the deadline, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong reminded taxpayers that individual income tax returns need to be postmarked or electronically filed by midnight, Thursday, April 15, 2010 in order to avoid penalties and interest.

“In the days running up to the April 15 deadline, we encourage taxpayers to file their return electronically,” said Fong. “E-file is the best way to file because it helps taxpayers avoid that last-minute scramble of looking for a paper form, envelope, and stamp.”

Tax Department statistics show that the number of returns e-filed is ahead of last year. Through April 9, 190,220 or 77 percent of the tax returns were e-filed to the Tax Department, an increase of about 10 percent from 2009 to 2010.

Fong offered the following suggestions for taxpayers, for paper and electronic returns:

  1. Double-check the return to be sure the entries are correct, especially the name, address, and social security number.
  2. Only complete the areas that apply to you. If it does not apply, leave the box blank.
  3. Be sure to enter a current, valid mailing address. Refund checks with incomplete or invalid addresses are returned to the Tax Department. If a taxpayer has a street address and a Post Office Box, they should use the Post Office Box, not both. Taxpayers who use Direct Deposit avoid the delivery problems.
  4. If you e-file, do not send in a paper return.

Fong added that taxpayers who file paper should also pay attention to the following:

  • If you file a paper return, be sure you enclose a complete copy of your federal income tax return. Also, make sure to include all of your Form W-2s and any Form 1099s showing North Dakota income tax withheld.
  • Taxpayers filing paper should be sure to sign their return. If filing a joint return, their spouse must also sign.

“As the deadline approaches, it is easy to get caught up in the last-minute rush to file on time. Unfortunately, that is when mistakes can happen, which create delays or results in the return being filed late,” said Fong. “Taxpayers who e-file avoid these simple errors because the system automatically takes care of many of the problems we find on paper returns.”

Once taxpayers have filed their returns, they can check the status of their state refund, by visiting the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax. The online service provides individuals a convenient way to find out if their return was received, processed, or the date their refund was issued.

For more information, visit the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax or follow the Tax Department on facebook. Taxpayers may call 877.328.7088 (statewide) or 701.328.1247 (Bismarck-Mandan area) for help with the state tax return.

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