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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
Thursday, April 12, 2012

TAX DEPARTMENT OPEN LATE ON APRIL 17

BISMARCK, N.D. With the extended April 17 income tax filing deadline just around the corner, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that the Tax Department will be open on Tuesday, April 17, until 9:00 p.m. CDT to accommodate taxpayers who plan to drop off their return in person and to help those who may have last minute questions.

The IRS had announced earlier this year that, due to the Emancipation Day holiday observed in the District of Columbia, taxpayers have until April 17, 2012 to file their 2011 federal returns, extensions, and payments. North Dakotans also have until April 17 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 17, North Dakota agreed to follow, which gives taxpayers two extra days to file and still be considered on-time."

Fong said, "By staying open later, more taxpayers will be able to reach Department employees to get answers to their last-minute questions."

Tax filers may get help with their state income tax return in person by going to the State Tax Department's office on the 16th floor in the Capitol. On Tuesday, April 17, 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. The Tax Department encourages taxpayers to be sure the return they file is complete and accurate.

Fong also suggested that taxpayers who are required to file by the traditional April 17 due date but don't think they will be able to meet that deadline, to file an extension rather than filing an incomplete return.

Individuals may request an extension by filing the federal IRS Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File. Filing the IRS Form 4868 gives taxpayers until October 15, 2012, to file their individual tax return. Taxpayers need to file the federal Form 4868 with the IRS by April 15, 2012. Taxpayers who obtain a federal extension will receive an automatic extension of time to file their North Dakota return.

Taxpayers filing for an extension also need to include a payment of the anticipated taxes due. Form 4868 is available on the IRS web site at www.irs.gov or by calling 800.829.1040 to have forms mailed.

Taxpayers who need help with their state tax return may call 701.328.1247 or visit the Tax Department in person from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, taxpayers can visit the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax, or follow the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

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