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Tax Help

Low- and moderate-income households 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

Appointments can be made by calling 507-287-1958 starting mid January 2020 (specific date to come). Appointments will start early February (specific date to come) and run through mid April.

MyFreeTaxes.com

Filing
Filing is free for households that earned up to $66,000 in 2018 (annual gross income).

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

 

Which free filing option is right for me?

Tax-Aide

  • Federal returns
  • Minnesota returns only--no out of state returns
  • Property tax returns
  • 2018 returns and up to 3 prior years (2015-2017)
  • No inventory, depreciation, employees, or bankruptcy
  • Ideal for low- and moderate-income taxpayers
  • Appointments available with interpreters
  • Appointment only

MyFreeTaxes.com

  • Federal returns
  • Returns for up to 3 states
  • Property tax returns
  • 2017 taxes only
  • No foreign income
  • Comfortable using a computer on your own (using email regularly, shopping on the internet independently, etc)
  • Free for households earning up to $66,000
  • Schedule an appointment, walk in, or file on your own from home

Have more questions about which free tax filing option is right for you? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or call 287-1958 for assistance. More information on claiming your maximum refund here!


What to Bring--forms and documents

Tax-Aide appointments go smoother if you're able to download, print, and complete the intake form below prior to arriving at your appointment. If you are not able to compelte the Federal Intake Form ahead of time, plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your scheduled Tax-Aide appointment. The Federal Intake Form is not required for MyFreeTaxes.com appointments. No matter which type of appointment you have, please be sure to check the list of what to bring with you to your appointment.

Download Forms

Have more questions about what to bring to your appointment? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or call for assistance.


Feedback Survey

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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 2018. 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.


Web Resources

AARP Tax-Aide Sites
Benefits.gov
Bridge to Benefits
EITC Info from IRS
MN State Tax Info

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