Tax commissioner advises taxpayers on tax season

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger today shared information about the 2017 North Dakota individual income tax filing season. 

North Dakota’s state individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 23, coinciding with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) filing season opening.  Both electronic and paper filed returns for 2016 will be accepted starting today.

Rauschenberger 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.

“We are 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.”

Rauschenberger 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 return only). 

This filing 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.

“We remind taxpayers to file early to help prevent tax refund fraud.” Rauschenberger said.

Because of fraud prevention efforts, Rauschenberger reminds taxpayers that refunds will likely take longer to process again this year. Taxpayers may use the Where’s My Refund? tool found at 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 My Refund? tool is updated daily.

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 timely fashion. 

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 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.

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