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Office of State Tax Commissioner Offers Information about Income Tax Filing Season

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Contact: Jen Raab, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039
Lorie Bowker, Individual Income Tax Supervisor, 701.328.1296

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Office of State Tax Commissioner today provided information to North Dakota's individual income taxpayers about the upcoming tax filing season.

The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner will open the state income tax filing season on January 20, 2015. Both electronic and paper filed returns will be accepted starting on that date. This date coincides with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) filing season opening.

"The filing season opening date of January 20th is earlier than it has been in a couple of years," said Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. "We encourage North Dakotans to file early to avoid the rush and possible longer processing time."

North Dakota tax booklets and forms may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner's website www.nd.gov/tax. If taxpayers formerly picked up their IRS forms and instructions at a local site, they should note that IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by congress, and they may not be as readily available. IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).

The Office of State Tax Commissioner mailed individual income tax booklets late December 2014 to taxpayers who filed paper forms last year. However, Tax Commissioner Rauschenberger encourages e-filing as a fast, secure and easier way for taxpayers to file their returns.

"E-file remains the fastest method for North Dakota taxpayers to file," Rauschenberger said. "In 2014, nearly 85% of North Dakota taxpayers chose to electronically file their income tax return."

Several software companies offer free e-file services to qualified North Dakota taxpayers if they meet certain criteria. The Office of State Tax Commissioner's website has an interactive tool to help determine if taxpayers qualify. Individuals who don't qualify may still e-file through companies that charge a fee, ranging from $10 and 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
  • Using the Office of State Tax Commissioner stand-alone Free Fillable Forms to file their North Dakota income tax return
  • Having the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide Sites prepare and file electronically for them
    • Some restrictions may apply

Once again taxpayers are also encouraged to file early to protect themselves from identity theft. There has been an increased incidence of fraudulently filed returns in recent years. The earlier a taxpayer files their federal and state returns, the more assurance that a fraudulently filed return has not been processed by the IRS or the state using that taxpayer's social security or federal taxpayer ID number. Refund processing will continue to be meticulous this year as the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner is committed to protecting taxpayers from identity theft.

Taxpayers may check their refund status with the "Where's my refund?" app on the department website. Information is updated daily.

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Office of State Tax Commissioner Offers Information about Income Tax Filing Season

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Contact: Jen Raab, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039
Lorie Bowker, Individual Income Tax Supervisor, 701.328.1296

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Office of State Tax Commissioner today provided information to North Dakota's individual income taxpayers about the upcoming tax filing season.

The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner will open the state income tax filing season on January 20, 2015. Both electronic and paper filed returns will be accepted starting on that date. This date coincides with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) filing season opening.

"The filing season opening date of January 20th is earlier than it has been in a couple of years," said Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. "We encourage North Dakotans to file early to avoid the rush and possible longer processing time."

North Dakota tax booklets and forms may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner's website www.nd.gov/tax. If taxpayers formerly picked up their IRS forms and instructions at a local site, they should note that IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by congress, and they may not be as readily available. IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).

The Office of State Tax Commissioner mailed individual income tax booklets late December 2014 to taxpayers who filed paper forms last year. However, Tax Commissioner Rauschenberger encourages e-filing as a fast, secure and easier way for taxpayers to file their returns.

"E-file remains the fastest method for North Dakota taxpayers to file," Rauschenberger said. "In 2014, nearly 85% of North Dakota taxpayers chose to electronically file their income tax return."

Several software companies offer free e-file services to qualified North Dakota taxpayers if they meet certain criteria. The Office of State Tax Commissioner's website has an interactive tool to help determine if taxpayers qualify. Individuals who don't qualify may still e-file through companies that charge a fee, ranging from $10 and 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
  • Using the Office of State Tax Commissioner stand-alone Free Fillable Forms to file their North Dakota income tax return
  • Having the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide Sites prepare and file electronically for them
    • Some restrictions may apply

Once again taxpayers are also encouraged to file early to protect themselves from identity theft. There has been an increased incidence of fraudulently filed returns in recent years. The earlier a taxpayer files their federal and state returns, the more assurance that a fraudulently filed return has not been processed by the IRS or the state using that taxpayer's social security or federal taxpayer ID number. Refund processing will continue to be meticulous this year as the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner is committed to protecting taxpayers from identity theft.

Taxpayers may check their refund status with the "Where's my refund?" app on the department website. Information is updated daily.

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