Tax Help

Tax appointments begin January of 2017. Did you earn less than $62,000 in 2016? You will be eligible to file your federal and state taxes for free with one of the two options below!

AARP Tax-Aide

File in-person at a tax site with an IRS certified tax professional.

Appointment Information
Schedule a required appointment by calling one of the following sites beginning January 2017:

Hawthorne Edu. Center: (507) 287-1958
Stewartville Civic Center: (507) 287-1958
Rochester Senior Center: (507) 424-6407
The Salvation Army: (507) 424-4197

Appointments occur Feb. 1 – April 17, 2017.

File on your own at wherever you have access to a computer and the internet for the 2015 tax year through October 15, 2016. Need help filing? Call the toll-free phone number 1-855-698-9435. MyFreeTaxes will be available for the 2016 tax year in January 2017.

My Free Taxes Clinics
File on your own using with in-person assistance available every Wednesday from Feb. 1 – April 12, 2017 at the Rochester Public Library from 5-8 p.m. You must be comfortable using a computer and internet on your own.

Call (507) 287-1958 to schedule an appointment in January 2017.

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Tax Scam Information

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of a recent over-the-phone caller ID spoofing scam. Taxpayers should beware of phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the department who demand immediate payment of tax debts.  In some cases, the scammers use caller ID spoofing where the phone numbers they call from are made to look like they are coming from the IRS or the department.

According to the FCC, caller ID "spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used for illegal activity, such as filing for a fraudulent tax refund.

When contacting you the department will not:

  • Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Threaten to call the police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.

Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate.

More information about these types of scams can be found on the IRS website.

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