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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
Monday, April 15, 2013

Tax Department Extends State Filing Relief for Taxpayers Affected by April Storm

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced that the North Dakota Tax Department will waive penalties and interest for North Dakota taxpayers who are impacted by the winter storm and who end up missing today's filing deadline.

"We recognize that it may be extremely difficult for taxpayers to meet today's income tax filing deadline," said Fong. "The severe winter storm has impacted taxpayers across the state who are focused now on digging out and getting back to work and school. While I encourage taxpayers to do their best to meet today's deadline, there will undoubtedly be some taxpayers who will miss it."

Fong added, "The state Tax Department will waive penalties and interest for those taxpayers impacted by the storm, based on good cause. Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns and pay tax due within a reasonable time. If taxpayers who were impacted by the storm find themselves with state penalties and interest in the months ahead due to filing their income tax return late, they should contact with the Tax Department immediately and we will work with them to resolve the issues."

Fong pointed out that the best option for taxpayers who will not be able to meet today's filing deadline is to file for an extension if possible.

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, 2013 to file their individual income tax return. Taxpayers who are filing for an extension are required to include a payment of the anticipated taxes due. The IRS web site also has an option for taxpayers to E-pay who need to make a payment with their extension request. Taxpayers may contact the IRS at 800.829.1040. (See attached releases from the IRS about federal IRS penalty relief and filing extensions.)

Taxpayers who obtain a federal extension do not need to file a separate state extension form, nor do they need to notify the state Tax Department that they have obtained a federal extension prior to filing their North Dakota return. Taxpayers who file a paper return need to attach a copy of their federal extension with their state return. Taxpayers who obtain a federal extension will receive an automatic extension of time to file their North Dakota return.

Fong also reminded taxpayers that the Tax Department will be open tonight until 9:00 p.m. CDT to accommodate taxpayers who have last minute questions or plan to drop off their return in person and to help those who may have 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. The north door of the Capitol will be open until 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.

For assistance or additional information about the filing deadline, please call 701.328.1247 or visit the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax or follow the Tax Department on Facebook or YouTube.

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