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Live in the Twin Cities? Get More Money Back on Your Taxes

Earn It! Claim It! Keep It!

Claim It is a partnership program designed to help put more money in your pocket!  Last year, the average refund per family was $2,000.  And, in Minnesota, we're lucky  to have an additional available tax credit: Minnesota's Working Family Credit (WFC) that can provide up to $1,500 per family.

Eligibility

  • Individuals whose income is less than $30,000
  • Families whose income is less than $43,000
  • OR you are a senior citizen, have a disability or speak limited or no English.

For more information or to find out how to make an appointment for tax preparation, call United Way 2-1-1™.  It's free and confidential. Just dial 2-1-1.  Cell phone users can call 651-291-0211 or click here and search for "free tax preparation sites." 

Tax Tips

Gather your records
While you’re waiting on your W2s, gather any documents or records you may need: receipts, canceled checks, or other documents that support a deduction you’re taking. Don’t forget to make copies for your own files.
Common records include, but are not limited to:
  • 1099s
  • Childcare expenses
  • Educational expenses or student loan interest paid
  • Gifts to charity
  • Healthcare expenses
  • Job-related expenses, especially if you’re self-employed
  • Real estate taxes or mortgage interest paid
  • Retirement savings/IRA contributions
 

Find the right forms
Federal forms and publication are available around the clock at irs.gov. Paper forms can be ordered online or picked up at a local IRS location. State forms are available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue Website (www.taxes.state.mn.us) or can be found at their offices in St. Paul. Some commonly used forms may also be located at your local library.

Double-check your return
Verify your Social Security number and double-check your math. These two most common errors can delay your refund, or worse, lead to the IRS contacting you.

Consider e-file or direct deposit
Filing electronically helps eliminate math errors and your refund comes in half the time of a paper filing. Electing to have your refund deposited directly into your bank account is also faster than waiting for the mail.

Source: Internal Revenue Service

 

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