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Free e-file option available for N.D. taxpayers

It is tax time and Tax Commissioner Cory Fong recently unveiled a new free state electronic filing option for North Dakota's taxpayers.

"The Tax Department has been offering e-file for over a decade, through our participation in the IRS E-File and the Free File Alliance programs," Fong said. "We are pleased this year to offer North Dakota taxpayers another free e-file option for their North Dakota individual income tax returns."

The Free File Alliance is a joint venture between the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies, and a number of tax software companies to offer free e-file for individual income taxpayers to file their federal and state income tax returns at the same time. Free File is available for taxpayers who meet certain conditions, usually based on age, income, or military status. The Tax Department estimates that approximately 60 percent of North Dakotans qualify for Free File.

"The North Dakota Fillable Forms system is a new free e-file option for taxpayers who don't qualify for Free File," Fong said. "The new free web-based system is unique to North Dakota's tax forms and most North Dakota residents are eligible to use it. 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 Fillable Forms system is available to full-year North Dakota residents who filed a 2010 North Dakota return. It is not available to taxpayers who claim certain credits that require specific information or schedules. The system is only for taxpayers filing their North Dakota income tax returns. It does not support federal returns.

"This system is intended to bridge the gap for those taxpayers who are looking for an option to e-file their North Dakota return because they do not qualify for Free File," Fong said.

Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Tax Department's online interactive tool to identify the e-file method that will best fit their filing needs. To access the online interactive tool or to learn more about the electronic filing options, including the new North Dakota Fillable Forms system, visit the Tax Department's web site at