You can pay taxes with credit card
North Dakotans worried about paying their income tax this spring needn't fret: The state now accepts plastic. A credit card payment option is the only major change on the 2002 state income tax form, said Gary Anderson, the state's directo...
North Dakotans worried about paying their income tax this spring needn't fret: The state now accepts plastic.
A credit card payment option is the only major change on the 2002 state income tax form, said Gary Anderson, the state's director of income and oil taxes.
"We've had taxpayers in the past ask if that service is available," he said.
The Tax Department on Thursday began mailing an estimated 110,000 tax booklets to nonresident taxpayers and those who prepared their own tax returns on paper last year.
This year's mailout is considerably smaller than in 2001, when a change in tax laws prompted the state to send more than 300,000 booklets to anyone who filed a return the previous year.
The change established separate brackets for state and federal income tax.
"As we considered what we should mail and to whom, we chose to return to our mailing practices of years prior to 2001," Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh said.
Department officials also decided to eliminate postcard reminders, which they said were often overlooked or discarded.
The move is projected to save $55,000 in printing and postage costs.
Credit card payments can be made either online at www.ndtaxdepartment.com or by phone at 1-888-ND-TAXES.
Both payment methods will accept American Express, Discover, Visa and Mastercard credit and check cards.
The company processing the transactions for the state will charge an additional fee equal to 2.49 percent of the payment amount, Anderson said.
Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically again this year, Anderson said. About 79,000, or 25 percent, of last year's returns were filed electronically, a 56 percent increase over 2000, he said.
"So we're hoping to see again a pretty significant increase, because obviously it provides an opportunity for efficiency both for the state and the taxpayer," he said.
Tax forms and instruction booklets are available at local post offices and libraries, by calling the Tax Department at (800) 638-2901 or by visiting the department's Web site at www.ndtaxdepartment.com .
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