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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Individual Income Tax Filings Increase 19 Percent Since 2008

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today provided filing statistics for 2012 individual income tax returns. The Tax Department processed 408,483 individual income tax returns filed during 2012. In 2011, the total e-file and paper individual income tax returns processed was 375,553 and in 2008, that number was 342,373.

Fong said, "When you look back five years, to 2008, the number of electronic and paper individual income tax returns processed is up 19 percent. This supports what we have been experiencing. Along with our growing population the number of workers filing in North Dakota is also increasing."

In 2012, over 80 percent of individual income tax filers used e-file. The Tax Department received 329,806 electronically filed individual income tax returns—a 14 percent increase over the number e-filed in 2011.

Fong provided the following statistics for the 2012 Individual Income Tax filing season:

2012 tax filing statistics-table

Fong credits the increase in electronic filing to several factors. "For some, it is more convenient to e-file from the comfort of their own home. For others, e-file is simpler than filing a paper return because it takes the guess-work out of deciding which forms to use, what credits and other deductions to take, and the returns are automatically sent to the correct agency."

E-file is available through a number of methods: online using an authorized IRS e-file provider; through a paid professional tax preparer; by using the free services of a local VITA or TCE site; by purchasing tax preparation software at a local retailer; or by completing the free fillable forms on the Tax Department's web site.

"In addition, many online services offer Free File for taxpayers who meet certain conditions, which are generally based on age or income," said Fong.

To learn more about Free File, e-file, and Direct Deposit, visit the department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax.

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2012 tax filing statistics chart

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