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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: Jill Weigel, Supervisor, Taxpayer Services, 701.328.3277
Friday, January 31, 2014 Peggy Brintnell, Executive Assistant, 701.328.2771

Rauschenberger: E-File System Now Available

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced today that the IRS and state e-file systems are now available for taxpayers to file their federal and state income tax returns.

"Even though taxpayers can file their returns electronically or on paper," said Rauschenberger, "we encourage taxpayers to take advantage of the different electronic filing options this year."

In North Dakota, taxpayers can file their state return electronically by using a personal computer with an Internet connection to access one of the online services listed on the North Dakota Tax Department's web site, www.nd.gov/tax. The Tax Department offers taxpayers who meet certain eligibility conditions the opportunity to e-file free of charge. The website offers an interactive tool to aid taxpayers in selecting companies who offer the free file options. Taxpayers who do not meet those eligibility requirements can e-file through companies that charge a fee, ranging from about $10 on up.

Taxpayers may also e-file by:

  • Purchasing and using one of the tax preparation software products available in retail stores locally;
  • Having a professional tax preparer file electronically for them, or,
  • Using the Tax Department stand-alone Free Fillable Forms to file their North Dakota income tax return.

"E-file makes the process much easier than filing a paper return," said Rauschenberger. "Not only is e-file convenient, secure, and easy to use, it reduces errors and speeds processing. Taxpayers also benefit from faster refunds and the added convenience of direct deposit."

Processing delays can result when data is missing or entered incorrectly. Electronic filing sends the data directly to the processing system, which avoids any potential keying errors that can occur under the conventional processing of paper returns.

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, refer to their 2013 state income tax booklet, or call 701.328.1247.

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