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Computers: Minimum system requirements
To use our Web applications, you’ll need a browser that supports 128 bit encryption technology. Browsers supporting this encryption technology include:
The Minnesota Department of Revenue supports:
- Firefox 3.0 or higher
- Safari 5.X
- Mobile devices: At this time some mobile device browsers may not support this website.
To get the latest version of either browser:
You may also need to install the following:
(To use these, your system will need to meet the minimum system requirements listed above)
NOTE: The Department of Revenue's online systems is moving away from Microsoft Silverlight. Some of our functionality still relies on Silverlight but our plans are to eliminate Silverlight in the near future. For those applications that still require Silverlight and your computer does not automatically download the latest version, you may be asked to download and install the free plug-in.
Microsoft Silverlight 4 or above
Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications with emphasis on multimedia, animations, and graphics, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash.Click here to download Silverlight
Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages.Click here to download Flash Player
Check the following settings on your browser:
Your browser must have 128-bit encryption. Encryption is the ability of the browser to scramble the contents of a Web site so that no one else can see the information being entered. Our Web applications need 128-bit encryption to operate properly.
Your browser must be set to accept “session” cookies. Cookies help the application work on your computer. E-FILE Minnesota only uses session cookies, so they are deleted as soon as you exit the application.
Your browser should be set to refresh every visit to a page. Because the screens within our Web applications could change slightly at any time, it’s best to have your computer set to refresh on each visit to a page to ensure that you are always seeing the latest version.
If you have a firewall server, it must be set to allow you access to this site. Some companies have a firewall server that protects their computers from invasion and leaks. Depending on how your firewall server’s settings are applied, it could hinder your use of our Web applications.
You must be set to use SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0 security. SSL = Secure Socket Layer, a high-level method of making sure the data you’re transmitting is kept safe and secure.
If you are connecting to our Web applications via cable modem, you may encounter problems accessing the site. This is usually due to a firewall. Please contact your service provider or system administrator to adjust your firewall settings.
Checking your browser settings on a PC
Click on “Help” at the top of the browser screen. Then click “About Internet Explorer”. The version must be 5.5 or higher. The cipher strength is listed just below the version and should say 128 bit.
Click on “Tools” at the top of the browser screen. Then click “Internet Options”.
To check how often you are refreshing pages: Select the “General” tab and click the “Settings” button. “Every visit to the page” should be selected.
To check for accepting cookies:
For IE version 5.5: Select the “Security” tab, click on the “Internet” symbol, and click “Custom level”. Scroll down to the section called “Cookies”. “Enable” should be selected.
For IE version 6: Select the “Privacy” tab, click on the “Advanced” button. Either “Accept third party cookies” or “Always allow session cookies” should be selected. To change the setting, click “Override automatic cookie handling”.
To check for security level: Select the “Advanced” tab. Scroll down to the section titled “Security”. Make sure that “Use SSL 2.0” and “Use SSL 3.0” are selected.
To check for firewall or LAN settings: Select the “Connections” tab, and click on “LAN Settings”. If any of the following options are checked, you may experience difficulty using our Web applications depending on how your firewall is set. Talk to your computer expert to have this reviewed and adjusted if necessary.
Checking your browser settings on a Macintosh
Click on “Firefox” at the top of the screen. Then click on “Preferences”.
NOTE: If you cannot e-file because your computer doesn't meet the system requirements for Microsoft Silverlight, please contact us to discuss your tax filing options.