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State offers extension to taxpayers affected by winter storm in southern Minn.

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue offered extensions Friday to file state tax returns to taxpayers in southern Minnesota who were affected by this week's winter storm, the Pioneer Press reports.

The winter storm Wednesday wreaked havoc all over the state Wednesday, but Southern Minnesota was hit especially hard. Freezing rain toppled trees, power poles and lines in southwest Minnesota, and at least 4,000 homes and businesses in Nobles, Rock and Murray counties were left without power.

In Worthington, many were still without power Friday, and it may take until early next week before all power is restored.

According to the Department of Revenue, the extension applies to individual and business taxpayers located in southern Minnesota who have Minnesota tax returns or payments due from April 9 to April 18. No penalties or interest will be assessed on these taxpayers as long as they file and pay their taxes by April 19.

The agency notes that the extension only applies to Minnesota taxes and not federal taxes.

Taxpayers with questions are urged to call 651-556-3003 or 1-800-657-3909.

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