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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fong: Free State E-File Option Available for North Dakota Taxpayers

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminded North Dakota taxpayer of the free state electronic filing option.

"E-file has been available for taxpayers for many years now, through our participation in the IRS E-File and the Free File Alliance programs," said Fong. "North Dakota also offers our taxpayers another free e-file option the North Dakota Fillable Forms System to file their North Dakota individual income tax returns."

The Free File Alliance is a joint venture between the IRS, state tax agencies, and a number of tax software companies to offer free e-file for individual income taxpayers to file their federal and state income tax returns at the same time. Free File is available for taxpayers who meet certain conditions, usually based on age, income, or military status. The Tax Department estimates that approximately 65 percent of North Dakotans qualify for Free File.

"The North Dakota Fillable Forms system is a free e-file option for taxpayers who don't qualify for Free File or already used an online e-file system to file their federal return but were unable to e-file their North Dakota return," said Fong. "The free web-based system is unique to North Dakota's tax forms and most North Dakota residents are eligible to use it. The Fillable Forms system is similar to completing a paper return, except taxpayers are able to submit their state return electronically to the Tax Department."

The Fillable Forms system is available to full-year North Dakota residents who filed a 2011 North Dakota return. It is not available to taxpayers who claim certain credits that require specific information or schedules. The system is only for taxpayers filing their North Dakota income tax returns. It does not support federal returns.

"This system is intended to bridge the gap for those taxpayers who are looking for a free option to e-file their North Dakota return because they do not qualify for Free File," said Fong. "Taxpayers who already e-filed their federal return and were considering filing a paper state return should consider using the Free Fillable Forms System."

The Tax Department encourages taxpayers to pay particular attention to the data they provide on the Free Fillable Forms regarding the North Dakota taxable income for 2011. The errors create delays in the processing of the returns.

Fong said, "This year we are noticing a common error in the data that is entered by taxpayers on the Free Fillable Forms system. Taxpayers are incorrectly entering their 2011 Federal adjusted gross income instead of their North Dakota taxable income for 2011. Taxpayers should take a minute to double-check their return before they submit it to be sure that they have entered the correct data. This will help avoid delays in the processing of their return."

Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Tax Department's online interactive tool to identify the e-file method that will best fit their filing needs. To access the online interactive tool or to learn more about the electronic filing options, including the new North Dakota Fillable Forms system, visit the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax.

Taxpayers can keep up-to-date on important tax-related news by connecting to the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

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