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After a short delay, the IRS is now processing tax returns. And to make things go even faster, more people are filing online as well.

People have been filing their taxes online since the early 2000s. And nearly 85 percent of North Dakotans e-filed last year.

"E-filing is the best method for filing your taxes, because it does math for you. It checks for errors. For example, if your social security number is wrong, it will double check and do math and actually get you your refunds more quickly," says North Dakota State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger.

Due to the government shutdown, the IRS didn't start processing any returns until January 31.
But now, they're up and running. And those who e-file can expect to see their refunds much more quickly.

"Depending on what time of the filing season and how busy it is, you can get your refund as quickly as a few days from North Dakota," he says.

Rauschenberger says it's best to visit the state tax department's website before filing. The website lists online tax prepares and their fees. It also offers a free fillable form for those who don't want to pay an online company to file their state taxes.

"It looks and feels a little different than what was online last year, some improvements have been made. IT intuitively helps you go through the ND-1, which is our state income tax form," he says.

Rauschenberger says the online form is user-friendly. But there are some parameters. In order to use the free form, you have to have filed taxes in North Dakota in the past.

Rauschenberger also says it's important to remember all your forms when you begin filing. Stopping in the middle of your return can increase the possibility of errors.

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