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Filing a Paper Income Tax Return

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Before beginning your Minnesota return (Form M1, Individual Income Tax), you must complete federal Form 1040 to determine your federal taxable income.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue uses scanning equipment to process paper returns. Follow these instructions to ensure we process your return efficiently and accurately: 

  • Use your legal name, not a nickname.
  • Use whole dollar amounts. Round your amounts to the nearest whole dollar.
  • Leave lines blank if they do not apply to you or if the amount is zero.
  • Do not write extra numbers, symbols, or notes on your return, such as decimal points or dollar signs. Enclose any explanations on a separate sheet unless you are instructed to write them on your return.
  • Place a copy of your federal return and schedules behind your Minnesota forms. Do not send in your federal Forms W-2 or 1099.
  • Sign and date your return. Your spouse must also sign if you are married and filing a joint return.
  • Do not use staples or tape on your return. If you want to ensure your papers stay together, use a paper clip.
Note: If you are not able to download and print forms from our website, you can have forms mailed to you by calling us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).
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