Taxes are due April 15. The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds everyone that there are nearly 250 sites across Minnesota open to provide taxpayers free assistance with filing their tax returns.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are free tax preparation locations where volunteers help taxpayers prepare their federal and state income and property tax returns. Those eligible for assistance are senior citizens,disabled citizens, those who speak limited English and individuals with an income of $30,000 or less ($50,000 or less for families).
“Hundreds of volunteers have gone through the proper training and are donating their time to reach out to Minnesotans in need,” Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess said.
“Filing your tax return is a must for all taxpayers, and the free help offered at Minnesota’s VITA sites ensures everyone files and does so accurately and on time.”
The majority of volunteer sites are run by Tax-Aide volunteers. Tax-Aide is a program supported by AARP that provides free tax information and tax return preparation for elderly, low income and disabled people.
To find a local site, its hours and dates open, and a complete list of items to bring when visiting a site, taxpayers should visit the department’s website, www.taxes.state.mn.us. Taxpayers can also call 651-297-3724 or 1-800-657-3989 to search for a site by zip code. Interpreters are available at some sites. The department’s Web site also allows taxpayers to search for a location by language.