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Tax Help

Free Tax Preparation

Low- and moderate-income households have two free tax filing options!

Thousands of low-income households access this necessary service for free, improving access to tax credits and bringing dollars back into our community in the form of tax refunds.

 

 

The VITA Program is brought to you by partering sponsors 125 Live and Salvation Army to provide free tax preparation services for taxpayers in Olmsted and Dodge Counties (participating sites listed below). United Way's 211 is proud to serve as your appointment scheduling hub.

 

VITA

*Further updated eligibility information coming November 2020

  • Ideal for low- and moderate-income taxpayers
  • Must make less than $69,000 in the previous tax year

Filing taxes online 

  • There are many options to file your taxes online, either through the Minnesota Department of Revenue or other independent software options

*Tax Season 2019 information will be updated in November. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this new way to serve taxpayers. 

 

Filing

File taxes with an IRS-certified tax professional.

Appointment Information

Appointments are not being taken currently.

1. Choose location of appointment 

Locations:

  • 125 Live
  • Hawthorne Education Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Dodge Center Library
  • Mantorville Senior Center
  • Stewartville Civic Center
  • Kasson Library 

2. Choose time of appointment and provide identifying information 

3. Print and review documents to complete and bring to appointment. Plan to show up 15 minutes before appointment.

Filing Taxes Online

Minnesota Department of Revenue has an option to file taxes online, more information on that here. For other online filing options, please complete a web search to fine the best option for you.
 

The IRS has announced changes to the ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) program. If you have an ITIN number that has no tbeen used on a federal income tax return at least once in the last 3 consecutive years or an ITIN number with the middle digits 70, 71, 72, or 73, your ITIN number will expire at the end of 2018. Click here to learn more about these changes from teh IRS. Information is available in English and Spanish.

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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