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  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
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fong Offers Tax Filing Tips to Taxpayers

BISMARCK, N.D. As taxpayers work to prepare their income tax return, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today offered filing tips to help taxpayers avoid a few common errors.

"There are some simple steps that taxpayers can take to avoid a few of the common errors we find on income tax returns," said Fong. "Most of these errors are found on paper filed returns."

  1. Paper filers need to be sure they mail the paper return to the correct agency. Each year a number of taxpayers mail their North Dakota return to the wrong agency. Taxpayers can find the Tax Department's mailing address on the income tax form.
  2. Remember to sign the return. An unsigned return is considered an incomplete return and will be sent back to the taxpayer. And, if it is a joint return, both spouses must sign the return.
  3. Paper filers need to attach a copy of their federal return and all W-2s, 1099's or other forms showing North Dakota withholding. If a return does not include a copy of the federal return, the Tax Department will consider it an incomplete return and will send it back to the taxpayer.
  4. Double-check your entries. This includes checking to be sure that all W-2 information and social security numbers are entered correctly, and that the math calculations are accurate. Errors slow down the processing and will cause delays in receiving a refund.
  5. Taxpayers should check their return to be sure they provide a correct and valid mailing address on the return. The address taxpayers enter on their income tax return is the address that the Tax Department uses to correspond with taxpayers, including the mailing of refunds. Each year refund checks with incomplete or invalid addresses come back to the Tax Department as undeliverable.

"These errors could result in late charges if the return is received back by the Tax Department after the due date," said Fong. "Taxpayers who use e-file can easily avoid these simple errors. E-file reduces the chance for math errors, it includes the federal return information and taxpayers' signature, and it sends the return to the correct agency."

For more information about e-file and free e-file, visit the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax or connect with the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

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