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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
  701.328.7088 phone
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  877.328.7088 toll-free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tax Department Extends Filing Deadline to April 17

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that North Dakota's individual income taxpayers have two extra days to file and pay their state income tax and still be considered on time.

The IRS announced earlier that it was extending the due date from April 15 to April 17, 2012 for federal income tax returns or payments. North Dakotans will also have until April 17 to file state income tax returns and make payments that are usually due on April 15.

"We want to make tax filing as simple as possible," said Fong. "So when the IRS extended the federal due date to April 17, North Dakota agreed to follow, which gives taxpayers two extra days to file and still be considered on-time."

The extended due date is in recognition of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia, which is observed on April 16 this year. By federal law, the District of Columbia holiday impacts tax deadlines in the same way as federal holidays. With the April 15 traditional due date on Sunday and the observance of April 16 as Emancipation Day, taxpayers have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until October 15 to file their 2011 income tax returns.

In addition to income tax returns and payments, the April 17 deadline also applies to extension requests, estimated income tax payments, and financial institution tax returns and payments normally due on April 15. The extended deadline applies whether the returns or payments are submitted electronically (e-filed) or by mail.

"We encourage taxpayers to take time to double-check their entries, including social security and bank routing information," said Fong. "By double-checking the information, taxpayers can make sure the information is correct, and prevent delays in receiving their refund."

For more information or for help with other tax-related questions, visit the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax, or contact the Tax Department during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday:

  • Bismarck-Mandan area: 701.328.1247
  • Toll-Free: 877.328.7088
  • E-mail: individualtax@nd.gov
  • In person at the State Capitol, 16th Floor, 600 E Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck.

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