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Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

Snowbound ND taxpayers get break from IRS, state

BISMARCK – U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the Internal Revenue Service has agreed to extend the deadline for filing tax returns in North Dakota, and waive penalties for late returns.

Midnight Monday was the deadline to file. But residents across the state are digging out from a record-breaking snowstorm.

The IRS says people who can’t meet the deadline due to the storm still must file “within a reasonable time,” after transportation problems and power outages have been resolved.

Additionally, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says his office will waive penalties and interest for people who missed Monday’s filing deadline because of the winter storm.

Fong says taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns in a reasonable time. He also planned to have his office at the state Capitol open until 9 p.m. Monday to accommodate last-minute filers who had questions or planned to drop off their returns in person.