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Tax Filings Up

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Its the last day to file your taxes.
This year, more taxes have been filed in this state than ever before.
Ben Smith looks at what this means for North Dakota.

"It's very busy at the tax dept." says Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger
Busy is an understatement.
50,000 more people filed taxes in the state so far.. than last year.
"That's a huge increase"
The reason is because of all the people who come from out of state to work.
They have to pay taxes on the money they earned here.
But whether they're from out of state, or here...
Trends show that many taxpayers file them electronically.
"We could be one of the highest Efile states in the nation." says Rauschenberger.
He says North Dakotans go online to deal with the IRS around 87% of the time--more than the national average.
"We do E-file almost everything...about .05 percent are mail in and about 99% are Efile I would say." says Angie Trottier, Bismarck Tax Professional
This makes life easier for many tax prepares.
Angie Trottier says work will go down to the wire tonight...
But that's good for business.
"We're open all day so if anybody needs to get their taxes done make sure you come and see us or give us a call."
Ben Smith KXNews

The tax offices are staying open late tonight, so there is still a chance for you to get yours in.
Filing an extension will push your deadline back to October 15th but it needs to be filed by the end of today.
Penalties for late tax returns only apply to people who owe the government money.


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