The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips for income tax filers
Minnesota taxpayers could begin filing their state income tax returns as of Monday, January 29, 2018. This is the same date the Internal Revenue Service began accepting federal income tax returns. Taxpayers have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to file and pay their state and federal income taxes.
The department offers tips to income tax filers as they prepare to file their taxes:
• E-file and choose direct deposit. Electronically filing your return and choosing direct deposit for your refund is the most secure and convenient way to file your taxes and get your refund. Learn more about your electronic filing options and the benefits of choosing direct deposit at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/Pages/Online_Filing_Software.aspx.
• Enter your name, and any dependent’s names, exactly as they appear on Social Security cards. Double-check bank routing and account numbers used on tax forms for direct deposit. Incorrect information on tax forms can result in refund delays.
• If you do file on paper, do not staple or use paperclips on your paper return. Staples and paperclips on tax returns need to be removed by hand and can slow down processing.
• If you move after filing your return, contact us right away. That way, anything sent to you will reach you, such as refund checks or requests for more information. You should do this even when requesting a direct deposit. Call us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free) to change your address.
• File your return by the April 17, 2018 due date, even if you owe more than you can pay. Pay as much as you can by the due date and contact us as soon as possible to set up a payment agreement for the remaining balance. Acting quickly can help to minimize any late payment penalties.
• If you owe, you can include your banking information on your electronically filed return to make the payment on or before the due date. Another payment option is to pay electronically with our e-services payment system by going to http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/Pages/Make-a-Payment.aspx. With either option, you can specify when the payment will be taken from your checking or savings account in advance or on the due date.
After you file
• Track your refund. You are able to track where your refund is in the process by using our Where’s My Refund? system. You will be able to track which of the four stages your refund is in and whether you need to take any action to allow us to complete the processing of your refund. You will see the date your refund was issued when it has finished processing. To track your refund, visit http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/pages/draft-wmr-context-page.aspx.
• Do not spend your refund until you see the money in your bank account. Returns may take longer to process because of the increase in attempted refund fraud due to scams, stolen personal information, and identity theft. The department will take the time necessary to review returns to make sure we are keeping your money out of the hands of criminals.
• Wait to track your property tax refund. Many taxpayers file their property tax returns at the same time as their income tax returns. By law, we cannot begin processing property tax refunds before July 1. Check back later this year for updates on current year property tax refunds.
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