Tax Help

Tax appointments begin January of 2017. If you worked in 2016, you may be eligible for up to $6,269 at tax time from the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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

Appointment Information
We are now scheduling summer property tax appointments at the following locations. Call for an appointment:

Hawthorne Edu. Center: (507) 287-1958
MyFreeTaxes @ Rochester Public Library: (507) 287-1958
125 Live (formerly Rochester Senior Center): (507) 424-6407
The Salvation Army: (507) 424-4197

Appointments occur throughout June, July, and August.

MyFreeTaxes.com

Filing
Filing is free for households earning less than $64,000 in 2016!

File on your own at www.myfreetaxes.com beginning mid-January 2017. Need help filing? Call toll-free for help: 1-855-698-9435.

My Free Taxes Clinics

In-person filing assistance for My Free Taxes is available every Wednesday from Feb. 1 – April 12, 2017 at the Rochester Public Library from 5-8 p.m. Summer property tax appointments will be held on Wednesday, June 28. You must be comfortable using a computer and internet on your own. Call (507) 287-1958 to schedule an appointment.

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Tax appointments go smoother if you're able to download, print, and complete the intake forms below prior to arriving at your appointment.

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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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