Redesigned ND property tax statements should be easier to understand, commissioner says
BISMARCK - North Dakota property tax statements will hit mailboxes this month with a new look that will make it easier for taxpayers to understand, the state's tax commissioner says.
BISMARCK – North Dakota property tax statements will hit mailboxes this month with a new look that will make it easier for taxpayers to understand, the state’s tax commissioner says.
The Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee directed Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s office to develop a more uniform property tax statement and resolve inconsistencies between counties. A working group made up of county auditors and members of the North Dakota Association of Counties examined various counties’ property tax statements and developed the new format.
“Creating a consistent appearance and basic layout of all North Dakota property tax statements will make it easier for taxpayers to understand,” Rauschenberger said in a news release.
The new format includes a three-year comparison of property tax valuations, mill levy rates and taxes in dollars. It also lists legislative tax relief provided through school levy reductions and a 12 percent state-paid credit, as well as taxes by district and a current-year tax breakdown.
The tax commissioner’s office has created a YouTube video to show people how to read the new statements.