Free income tax preparation locations provide assistance to qualifying individuals who cannot file Minnesota Department of Revenue state income taxes, as well as federal income taxes, on their own. These sites help people who are aged 60 or older, disabled, limited or non-English speaking or have earned less than $53,000.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue provides a search feature to locate free income tax preparation sites by clicking on the "Free Tax Preparation Sites" hyperlink in the "Individual Income Tax" section of the main website. The search feature provides options like searching via ZIP code for sites in a five to 50 mile area, searching by Minnesota county and searching based on languages. The latter option offers German, Hmong, Russian, sign language, Spanish and Vietnamese options for assistance. There is also a search feature for military-certified tax preparation sites to assist U.S. military veterans.
The free tax preparation sites typically operate between Feb. 1 and April 15 every year. Some locations offer assistance in summer months for Renter Property Tax Refund and Homestead Credit Refund returns, or to assist qualifying individuals with filing tax returns for years prior to the current tax season. In order to successfully complete a tax return, individuals must bring photo identification, Social Security cards, birth dates, the previous year's tax returns and income statements with a tax preparation location.