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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
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax Department Offers Relief from Penalties for North Dakotans Affected by Severe Weather

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that North Dakota’s taxpayers who are affected by early-April severe weather may qualify for relief from penalties if they are unable to meet the April 15, 2010 filing deadline for their 2009 state income tax return.

Because the IRS announced that it may grant relief from penalties for taxpayers who are unable to meet the April 15, 2010 filing deadline for their 2009 federal income tax return, the state Tax Department automatically recognizes the federal relief for North Dakota tax purposes.

“The spring storm 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 relief from penalties for filing a late return.”

Taxpayers who owe tax, should file as soon as they are able. If their state return is filed late, taxpayers may receive a notice regarding late filing and/or late payment penalties. Taxpayers who receive a notice, should contact the Tax Department at the number provided in the notice.

“We will do our best to take the situation into consideration as we conduct our day-to-day business,” said Fong.

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 located in the menu options or call the Office of State Tax Commissioner at 701.328.1247.

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