The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips as tax season begins
Minnesota taxpayers can now begin filing their state income tax returns today. The Internal Revenue Service is accepting federal income tax returns, as well. Taxpayers have until Monday, April 15, 2019, 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:
• See if you qualify for free tax preparation. Over 64 percent of Minnesota taxpayers may qualify to file their taxes electronically for free. You may be eligible to file electronically for free if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $66,000 or less. You may also qualify for free tax preparation for your returns. There are over 200 free tax preparation sites available across Minnesota through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide programs.
• File electronically 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.
• Check for accuracy. Enter your name, and any dependent’s names, exactly as they appear on Social Security cards, Individual Identification Number (ITIN) cards or letters. Double-check bank routing and account numbers used on tax forms for direct deposit. Incorrect information on tax forms can result in refund delays.
• Save your receipts and other tax-related documents. If you claimed certain deductions or credits, be sure to include all required documentation when filing and save copies in case you need to reference them in the future.
• Contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue if you move after filing your return. 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 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free) to change your address.
• File your return by the April 15, 2019 due date, even if you owe more than you can pay. Pay as much as you can by the due date and contact the department of revenue as soon as possible to set up a payment agreement for the remaining balance. You can include your banking information on your electronically filed return to make the payment or pay electronically with the e-Services Payment System. 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 the Where’s My Refund? System, found at https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/pages/draft-wmr-context-page.aspx. 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.
• 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.
Property tax refunds
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, the processing of property tax refunds cannot begin before July 1. Check back later this year for updates on current year property tax refunds.
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