Tax filing deadline is April 17

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Taxes are due Tuesday, but if you haven't filed them yet, no problem.

Some tax services are staying open late Monday and Tuesday to help you out.

Liberty Tax in Bismarck and the North Dakota Tax Commissioners Office are planning on staying open late to help people out.

But, if people still aren't able to file by Tuesday, tax services recommend you file an extension.

If you have to file for an extension, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, says you should still pay in before the extension due date in October.

"If you feel you owe money in, you need to figure out the best estimate of that pay in to both the federal government and the state to avoid interest to keep building up on the amount that's owed," said Rauschenberger.

Rauschenberger says in North Dakota 85 percent of taxes were filed electronically, because it's easier and faster for some, including Jim Schulz.

"It's no comparison, because you don't have to print all that junk and mail all that junk. You just push a button and boom," said Jim Schulz, Bismarck resident.
Rauschenberger says electronic filing helps maximize peoples refunds.

"Electronic filing helps determine errors, it does the math for you, it asks you a lot of questions to make sure you didn't miss anything. You didn't miss a certain deduction or credit," said Rauschenberger.

Rauschenberger's office has been promoting electronic filing, and he says he is happy to see it continue to grow.

According to H&R block, 61 percent of millennial's file their taxes on their own.

Rauschenberger says it's because millennial's, like myself, are used to using electronics so filing online comes naturally to us.