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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
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039

2011 River Flooding Refund Program Application Deadline Approaching

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminded homeowners whose primary residence was affected by the 2011 river flooding that the December 31, 2013, deadline for applying for the special sales tax refund is quickly approaching.

"We want to remind eligible property owners of the program and that the December 31 deadline to file for the sales tax refund will be here soon," said Fong. "The holidays are just around the corner and homeowners might get caught up in other activities and forget to apply."

The refund program allows homeowners, who meet certain criteria, to receive a refund of sales tax for certain purchases made between June 10, 2011 through December 31, 2013. The program is available to homeowners' for their primary residences. Property covered by flood insurance and rental property that received damage are not eligible for the sales tax refund. Qualifying purchases include those made to replace and repair eligible property damaged by the 2011 flooding.

The program applies to property for which the homeowner received disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of 2011 river flooding. This includes property that sustained damage by river flooding or because of an abnormally high water table in an area.

State sales tax refunds on the purchase price of each item are limited to the first $3,200 of qualifying major appliances and residential furniture. Purchases for building supplies for residential property are limited to $500 per item. The refund is limited to one claim per primary household with a maximum of $2,500. Refund requests must be submitted to the Tax Department no later than December 31, 2013.

"This is a one-time opportunity and we are trying to get the word out about this important program," said Fong. "Any homeowner who thinks they might be eligible for the refund should file the application and the required documentation with the Tax Department by December 31, 2013."

For more information about the sales tax refund or to access the application and instructions, visit the Tax Department web site at www.nd.gov/tax/salesanduse/pubs or call the Sales Tax Compliance Section, at 701.328.1246.

Taxpayers can stay up-to-date on North Dakota tax-related matters by visiting the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax or connecting with the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

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