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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 3, 2012

Fong: Use E-File and Avoid the Last Minute Rush

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today encouraged taxpayers to use e-file to avoid the last minute rush to the post office.

"As taxpayers work on their income tax returns, we encourage them to consider using e-file," said Fong. "E-file has been around for over a decade now and it has become the preferred method for filing. It is fast, safe, and helps taxpayers avoid the long line at the post office." Last year, about 75% of the returns were filed electronically.

The Tax Department offers e-file through several options the Free File Alliance, IRS E-file, and the new North Dakota Fillable Forms system.

The Free File Alliance is a joint venture between the IRS, state tax agencies and a number of tax software companies. Taxpayers who meet certain conditions usually based on age, income, or military status may use Free File for their federal and state income tax return filing. Six companies offer to free file North Dakota taxpayer returns.

The IRS E-file is an option for North Dakota taxpayers in which taxpayers use the services provided by a tax preparer, or e-file via purchased software and a home computer, or access e-file through an online service.

"Taxpayers need to check to be sure the e-file service they select supports North Dakota's individual income tax forms," said Fong. "A list of approved online companies is available on the North Dakota Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax."

Thirteen online companies support the IRS E-file for North Dakota's forms. These companies charge a fee, starting at about eight dollars and up.

"The Tax Department does not charge the fee nor does it receive those fees," said Fong. "That fee goes directly to that company."

New for 2012, the Tax Department began offering a free Fillable Forms option for taxpayers. The system is available for full-year North Dakota residents filing simple returns.

"The new North Dakota Fillable Forms option is only for North Dakota returns," said Fong. "If a taxpayer uses the new system to file their state return they will need to find a different method to file their federal return."

The Tax Department offers an online, interactive tool to help eligible taxpayers determine which e-file method Free File, IRS E-File, or North Dakota's free Fillable Forms option is best for their filing needs.

"Electronic filing reduces the potential for errors, helps taxpayers claim all the deductions to which they are entitled, which could mean a larger refund for some, and it speeds up the processing of refunds," said Fong. "For taxpayers who are anticipating a refund, e-file provides them with the fastest refund."

For more information regarding electronic filing options, taxpayers are encouraged to visit the North Dakota Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax, connect with the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube, or call 701.328.1247.

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