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Free tax preparation sites and resources

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Free tax preparation sites are open throughout the state of Minnesota during tax season. University of Minnesota Extension does not offer free tax preparation. Most sites are open from early February to mid-April, when taxes are due. Some sites offer limited help year round. Free tax preparation is available for:

  • People whose income is less than $57,000 per year. 
  • Individuals or families who speak limited or no English.
  • Individuals who are age 60 or older.
  • Individuals who have a disability.

These free tax preparation services are trustworthy and confidential. They also offer e-filing and fast refunds. All volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare returns. They will prepare returns for federal and state income and for property taxes.

There are numerous Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Minnesota that provide free tax prep in languages other than English (Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Sign, and Vietnamese). The Minnesota Department of Revenue has an excellent search tool to find them. Be sure to select the language you want to search for in the tool.

Here are some ways that you can access free tax preparation services:

  • Call the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Helpline at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094.
  • If you are hearing impaired, call Minnesota Relay at 711 (TTY).
  • Find a site near you on the Minnesota Department of Revenue's Free tax preparation sites web page.
  • File for free yourself using the United Way's MyFreeTaxes.
  • Prepare + Prosper offers free tax preparation by appointment and also has walk-in locations. 


Related resources

Credits & deductions for individuals — Internal Revenue Service — Find out about the available credits and deductions available for individual and business taxpayers.

Free file: Do your federal taxes for freeInternal Revenue Service — Get free access to software or fillable forms that help you complete your taxes.

Education and outreach including free tax preparation for qualified individuals -- Minnesota Department of Revenue -- Get information and services to file your taxes in Minnesota. 

Rosemary K. Heins, Extension educator emeritus in family resiliency

Reviewed in 2021 by Sharon Powell, Extension educator in family resiliency

Reviewed in 2021

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