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Rauschenberger: Individual Income Tax Season Opens Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 29, 2018

Contact:  Jen Raab, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039

Rauschenberger: Individual Income Tax Season Opens Today

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today made the following announcements regarding the 2018 individual income tax season:

Filing Season Opening Date 
North Dakota’s state individual income tax filing season opens today, January 29, coinciding with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) filing season opening.  Both electronic and paper filed returns for 2017 will be accepted starting today. Rauschenberger noted that the date is later this year due to the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 delaying the IRS.   

“We are expecting another substantial tax season,” Rauschenberger stated.  “In 2017, we processed nearly 482,000 individual income tax returns.  Approximately 85 percent of these taxpayers e-filed.  We continue to encourage taxpayers to e-file, and choose direct deposit or electronic payment to help improve the accuracy, security and timeliness of return and refund processing.” 

The Office of State Tax Commissioner also encourages taxpayers to electronically pay any taxes owed within their tax preparation software, where they can also schedule a payment date.  To expedite electronic refund and payment processing, taxpayers are reminded to verify their address and bank account information.

Free E-Filing
Rauschenberger added that many North Dakotans ar­e eligible to e-file their taxes for free, depending on income and age.  By answering a few questions online using the ND Free File tool at www.nd.gov/tax/NDFreeFile, taxpayers can easily see if they qualify to file their federal and state returns for free with certain tax software companies.  Taxpayers may also e-file by purchasing tax preparation software, by working with a tax professional, or by using the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s stand-alone free ND Fillable Forms option (for ND return only). 

Tax Refund Fraud
The Office of State Tax Commissioner is placing a big emphasis on fraud prevention again this year due to the increase in fraudulent activity in recent years.  Additional preventative measures were put into place a few years ago, and are continually updated to prevent tax refund fraud. Thanks to this effort, in the past three years the Office of State Tax Commissioner has stopped 1,385 returns claiming more than $2.1 million in fraudulent refunds.

Rauschenberger encourages taxpayers to file early to help prevent fraudsters from claiming their refund.

Refunds“Due to tax fraud prevention efforts, some refunds will likely take longer to process again this year,” Rauschenberger said. “Taxpayers may use our handy Where’s My Refund? tool to help track the status of their state refund.” 

The Where’s My Refund? tool may be found at www.nd.gov/tax/refund. This tool includes a refund tracker, as well as detailed information for the taxpayer on the status of their return.  Taxpayers may also sign up to receive email or text alerts when their refund is issued. Information on the Where’s My Refund? tool is updated daily.

Forms
North Dakota tax booklets, forms and payment vouchers may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website at www.nd.gov/tax/forms.  IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM
(1-800-829-3676).

Due Date
The due date to file and pay 2017 individual income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17 this year because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and the following Monday, April 16 falls on Emancipation Day – a legal holiday that is observed in the District of Columbia.

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Rauschenberger: Individual Income Tax Season Opens Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 29, 2018

Contact:  Jen Raab, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039

Rauschenberger: Individual Income Tax Season Opens Today

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today made the following announcements regarding the 2018 individual income tax season:

Filing Season Opening Date 
North Dakota’s state individual income tax filing season opens today, January 29, coinciding with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) filing season opening.  Both electronic and paper filed returns for 2017 will be accepted starting today. Rauschenberger noted that the date is later this year due to the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 delaying the IRS.   

“We are expecting another substantial tax season,” Rauschenberger stated.  “In 2017, we processed nearly 482,000 individual income tax returns.  Approximately 85 percent of these taxpayers e-filed.  We continue to encourage taxpayers to e-file, and choose direct deposit or electronic payment to help improve the accuracy, security and timeliness of return and refund processing.” 

The Office of State Tax Commissioner also encourages taxpayers to electronically pay any taxes owed within their tax preparation software, where they can also schedule a payment date.  To expedite electronic refund and payment processing, taxpayers are reminded to verify their address and bank account information.

Free E-Filing
Rauschenberger added that many North Dakotans ar­e eligible to e-file their taxes for free, depending on income and age.  By answering a few questions online using the ND Free File tool at www.nd.gov/tax/NDFreeFile, taxpayers can easily see if they qualify to file their federal and state returns for free with certain tax software companies.  Taxpayers may also e-file by purchasing tax preparation software, by working with a tax professional, or by using the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s stand-alone free ND Fillable Forms option (for ND return only). 

Tax Refund Fraud
The Office of State Tax Commissioner is placing a big emphasis on fraud prevention again this year due to the increase in fraudulent activity in recent years.  Additional preventative measures were put into place a few years ago, and are continually updated to prevent tax refund fraud. Thanks to this effort, in the past three years the Office of State Tax Commissioner has stopped 1,385 returns claiming more than $2.1 million in fraudulent refunds.

Rauschenberger encourages taxpayers to file early to help prevent fraudsters from claiming their refund.

Refunds“Due to tax fraud prevention efforts, some refunds will likely take longer to process again this year,” Rauschenberger said. “Taxpayers may use our handy Where’s My Refund? tool to help track the status of their state refund.” 

The Where’s My Refund? tool may be found at www.nd.gov/tax/refund. This tool includes a refund tracker, as well as detailed information for the taxpayer on the status of their return.  Taxpayers may also sign up to receive email or text alerts when their refund is issued. Information on the Where’s My Refund? tool is updated daily.

Forms
North Dakota tax booklets, forms and payment vouchers may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website at www.nd.gov/tax/forms.  IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM
(1-800-829-3676).

Due Date
The due date to file and pay 2017 individual income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17 this year because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and the following Monday, April 16 falls on Emancipation Day – a legal holiday that is observed in the District of Columbia.

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