Tax Help

Check back in January 2018 for information about income tax appointments for next year.

Households that earned up to $66,000 in 2017 have two free tax filing options!

AARP Tax-Aide

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

Appointment Information
Check back in January 2018 for appointment information at locations around Olmsted County. Appointment scheduling will begin January 16.

Income tax appointments will occur February-April of 2018.

MyFreeTaxes.com

Filing
Filing is free for households that earned up to $66,000 in 2017 (annual gross income).

You can file on your own at www.myfreetaxes.com beginning mid-January 2018. Need help filing? Call toll-free for help in English or Spanish: 1-855-698-9435.

MyFreeTaxes.com Clinics

In-person property tax filing assistance for MyFreeTaxes.com filers will be available at Rochester Public Library in 2018. IRS-certified tax coaches will be available to help you complete your return yourself using the MyFreeTaxes.com software. You must be comfortable using a computer on your own. Check back in January 2018 for information about income tax appointments for next year.

Which free filing option is right for me?

Tax-Aide

  • Federal returns
  • Minnesota returns only--no out of state returns
  • Property tax returns
  • 2017 returns and up to 3 prior years (2014-2016)
  • No inventory, depreciation, employees, or bankruptcy
  • Ideal for low- and moderate-income taxpayers
  • Appointment only

MyFreeTaxes.com

  • Federal returns
  • Up to 3 states
  • Property tax returns
  • 2017 taxes only
  • No foreign income
  • Comfortable using a computer on your own
  • Free for households earning up to $66,000
  • Schedule an appointment, walk in, or file on your own from home

Download Intake Forms

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

Download Forms

Feedback Survey

How was your experience filing taxes through one of the two free options in Olmsted County? Please share your feedback! Check back in February for a link to our 2018 survey.


ITIN Information

The IRS has announced changes to the ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) program. If you have an ITIN number that has not been used on a federal income tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years or an ITIN number with the middle digits 70, 71, 72, or 70, your ITIN number will expire at the end of 2017. Click here (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5259.pdf) to learn more about these changers from the IRS. Information is available in English and Spanish.

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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