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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 13, 2011

TAX DEPARTMENT EXTENDS HOURS ON APRIL 18

BISMARCK, N.D. With the April 18 income tax filing deadline just around the corner, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that the North Dakota Tax Department will be open on Monday, April 18, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to help North Dakotans prepare their state individual income tax returns.

The IRS had announced earlier this year that, due to the Emancipation Day holiday observed in the District of Columbia, taxpayers have until April 18, 2011 to file their 2010 federal returns, extensions, and payments. North Dakotans also have until April 18 to file their state individual income tax return.

"We want to make tax filing as simple as possible," said Fong. "So when the IRS extended the federal due date to April 18, North Dakota agreed to follow, which gives taxpayers three extra days to file and still be considered on-time."

The Tax Department will extend its usual business hours on Monday, April 18, until 9:00 p.m. to accommodate individuals who plan to drop off their state individual income tax return in person and to help with last minute questions. Taxpayers may also call the Tax Department at 701.328.1247 until 9:00 p.m. on the 18th for help with their state individual income tax return.

Fong said, "By extending the hours, taxpayers will be able to reach Department employees to get answers to their last-minute questions."

Tax filers may get help with their state individual income tax return in person by going to the State Tax Department's office on the 16th floor in the Capitol. On Monday, April 18, 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.

Fong added, "Individuals who are unable to complete their tax returns by the April 18th deadline, may request an extension by filing the federal IRS Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File."

Taxpayers need to file the federal Form 4868 with the IRS by April 18, 2011. Taxpayers need to include an estimated payment of the anticipated taxes due.

An approved extension (IRS Form 4868) gives taxpayers until October 17, 2011, to file their individual income tax return. Taxpayers will receive an automatic extension of time to file their North Dakota individual income tax return if they obtain a federal extension. Form 4868 is available on the IRS web site at www.irs.gov.org or by calling 800.829.3676 to have forms mailed.

Taxpayers who have filed can check the status of their state refund, by visiting the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov. The online service provides individuals a way to find out if their return has been received, processed, or if the refund has been issued.

Fong suggests taxpayers visit the department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax for more information or follow the Tax Department on Facebook.

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