It's Tax Time!

It’s officially tax season! The Minnesota Department of Revenue opened the state Individual Income Tax filing season on January 28, 2019! There were big changes to federal tax laws at the end of last year, but Minnesota’s tax laws have not significantly changed. You can find updated forms and see frequently asked questions about the filing season by going to


Revenue commissioner Cynthia Bauerly encourages individuals to file electronically and choose direct deposit to help improve the accuracy and security of your return. Last year, almost 90 percent of Minnesota taxpayers filed their taxes electronically. Free electronic filing is available for Minnesotans who meet certain requirements. To see if you are eligible for free electronic filing, see the Electronic Filing Software for Individuals page on the department’s website.


You may also qualify for free tax preparation help for your federal and Minnesota income tax returns. To qualify, you must be age 60 or older, have a disability, speak limited or no English, or have income less than $55,000 per year. There are over 200 free tax preparation sites across Minnesota where you can get help from IRS-certified volunteers. Most sites are open February 1 through April 15. For free tax preparation sites near you, click here.


Once you’ve filed, track the status of your state individual income refund by using the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Where’s My Refund? system. You can track which of the four stages your refund is in and if you need to take any action.


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