Anyone filing individual taxes in Minnesota can receive free tax preparation assistance from organizations such as Help Minnesota Save or Prepare + Prosper. Other websites and organizations that offer tax-preparation aid can be found on the Minnesota Revenue official website.
Prepare + Prosper offers free tax preparation and year-round financial services to low income families and individuals in Minnesota, specializing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It was founded in 1971 by a group of tax professionals who wanted to provide accurate and quality tax assistance to groups that otherwise may not be able to afford accounting services. As of February 2015, the company employs over 500 IRS-certified volunteers to provide tax assistance year-round and during tax season.
Prepare + Prosper also partners with many local financial institutions, such as banks and accounting firms, to help its customers maintain good financial standing beyond simply filing taxes. In some cases, this includes helping to create budgets for individuals that need to pay additional taxes, or setting up bank accounts for customers that are due a tax refund.
The Minnesota Revenue website has a search tool that allows individuals to locate tax assistance based on geographic location. The assistance comes with some stipulations, such as minimum age and income requirements.