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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
Monday, March 17, 2014 Peggy Brintnell, Executive Assistant, 701.328.2771

Rauschenberger: E-File Options for Income Tax Preparation and Filing

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today encouraged taxpayers to use the Tax Department's free interactive online tool to assist in selecting an e-file provider. "Taxpayers who don't know where to start, or who are not sure which company best fits their needs, will find the online tool very helpful," said Rauschenberger. "The interactive tool helps taxpayers wade through the various e-file providers and determine if they qualify for free electronic filing." This year, seven companies offer free electronic tax filing for North Dakota taxpayers who meet certain criteria, usually based on income, age, or military status.

If a taxpayer does not qualify for a free service, the interactive tool will direct them to a listing of e-file providers that will file their federal and North Dakota income tax returns for a fee. Fifteen companies offer to e-file North Dakota taxpayer returns for a fee which varies depending on the company. "Not all companies include North Dakota's tax forms," said Rauschenberger, "so it is important that taxpayers select a company that supports the state forms."

The Tax Department also offers full-year residents who filed a 2012 North Dakota return another free e-file option the North Dakota Fillable Forms system to file their North Dakota individual income tax returns. 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 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 Rauschenberger. "The free web-based system is unique to North Dakota's tax forms and most North Dakota residents are eligible to use it. It is not available to taxpayers who claim certain credits that require specific information or schedules. The system is only for taxpayers to file their North Dakota income tax returns; it does not support federal returns.

The free interactive online tool is available on the Tax Department website at www.nd.gov/tax. For more information, visit the Tax Department website, follow the Department on Facebook and YouTube, or contact the Tax Department at 701.328.7088.

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