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Do I qualify for free tax preparation?
You may qualify for free tax preparation at various locations across Minnesota. You can generally get help at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site if any of the following are true:
- You are age 60 or older
- You are a person with a disability
- You speak limited or no English
- Your annual income is less than $54,000
In addition, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation for all taxpayers, particularly those who are age 50 or older. AARP Tax-Aide sites do not have income or age restrictions.
Both programs will only prepare basic returns.
When is free tax preparation available?
Note: We will be updating this search to include summer locations and hours over the new few weeks. Please check back.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring any statements, forms, receipts, or other documentation of your income, tax-deductible expenses, and property tax or rental payments you made. The list below includes the records most often needed. You may disregard any that do not apply.
- Photo identification
- Social Security cards (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) card or letter) for you, your spouse, and all dependents listed on your return
- Birth dates for you, your spouse, and all dependents listed on your return
- Last year's tax returns
- If you wish to use the direct deposit/direct debit option, be sure to bring your checkbook with you to verify your bank account and routing information.
- Income statements or forms:
- Wages from each job (Form W-2)
- Interest (Form 1099-INT)
- Dividends (Form 1099-DIV)
- Sale of stock (Form 1099-B)
- Retirement plans (Form 1099-R)
- Gambling winnings (Form W-2G)
- Unemployment (Form 1099-G)
- Social Security benefits (Form SSA)
- Miscellaneous income (1099-MISC)
- Any other statements showing income from other sources (such as: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA), General Assistance (GA), veterans benefits, workers’ compensation)
If applicable, also bring:
- Tuition expenses for university, college or technical college (Form 1098-T)
- Interest statements for student loans (Form 1098-E)
- IRA contributions
- Records of any itemized expenses you may wish to deduct, such as:
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Noncash donations
- Cash donations
- Vehicle license tabs
- Property taxes paid
- Job-related moving expenses
- Mortgage interest paid (Form 1098)
- Tax preparation fees
- Uniform costs
- Daycare expenses. For each provider you paid, you must provide the name, address, amount paid, and Social Security number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
- Receipts for education expenses you paid for your children in grades K-12, such as:
- Educational software
- Private school tuition or tutoring
- Academic books/materials
- Music lessons and music equipment purchases or rentals
- Tuition for academic summer camp
- Instructor fees for drivers education
- School supplies (pencils, notebooks, etc.)
- Property Tax Refund documents
- Renters: Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) from your landlord
- Homeowners: Statement of Property Tax Payable mailed by the county in March