N.D. (Jen Raab) – Tax
Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger shared information about the
2017 North Dakota individual income tax filing season.
Dakota’s state individual income tax filing season opened Monday,
January 23, coinciding with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS)
filing season opening. Both electronic and paper filed returns
for 2016 are now being accepted.
noted that the office is expecting another substantial tax season.
For the 2016 tax season there were more than 509,000 individual
income taxpayers who filed in North Dakota. Approximately 85
percent of these taxpayers e-filed.
still encouraging taxpayers to e-file as it is the fastest and most
secure way to file,” Rauschenberger said. “A majority of North
Dakotans are actually eligible to e-file their taxes for free,
depending on income and age.”
went on to explain that by answering a few questions online using the
ND Free File
tool, 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
season North Dakota is requesting driver’s license or state-issued
identification card information for electronically filed tax returns.
This is an additional effort to fight stolen-identity tax fraud and
to protect taxpayers and their tax refunds.
taxpayers to file early to help prevent tax refund fraud.”
Rauschenberger said. ”Although fraud was down last year, it is not
a sign that we can be less diligent in working to combat it. It
means that what we are doing is having an impact, and we need to
continue our efforts.”
fraud prevention efforts, Rauschenberger reminds taxpayers that
refunds will likely take longer to process again this year. Taxpayers
may use the Where’s
tool found at www.nd.gov/tax/refund
to track their refunds. 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
tool is updated daily.
Commissioner Rauschenberger pointed out that beginning this year,
taxpayers may elect to receive their Form 1099-G electronically by
checking a specified box on their 2016 tax form. He would also like
to remind taxpayers to verify the address on their return to ensure
they receive their refund and other necessary correspondence in a
North Dakota tax booklets and forms
may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website at
Beginning this year, the North Dakota Office of State Tax
Commissioner will no longer be printing and mailing tax booklets or
forms. IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov
or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
The due date to file and pay 2016
individual income tax returns is Tuesday, April 18 this year because
April 15 falls on a Saturday, and the following Monday, April 17
falls on Emancipation Day – a legal holiday that is observed in the
District of Columbia.