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.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.