Tax Preparation

There are alternatives totally free tax preparation for younger and outdated

MAHUBE-OTWA’s VITA program volunteers provide free tax return preparation assistance for households with disabilities of $ 57,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

Particular consideration is given to people over 60 years of age or older. They are unable to process returns that are beyond their scope, e.g. For example: business tax returns, agricultural income or returns including depreciation and rental properties.

This program is made possible by funding from the IRS, the MN Department of Revenue, and the United Way of Becker County.

For more information, please visit the Tax Assistance Page or call 218-396-0071 or email

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Call Wadena Monday through Friday (218) 632-3600 to arrange a virtual meeting with a VITA volunteer. You can generally get help at a VITA site if one of the following conditions is true:

  • You are 60 years of age or older.

  • You are a person with a disability.

  • You speak limited or no English at all.

  • Your annual income is less than $ 57,000.

This year it will look a little different due to the current pandemic. Since the offices of MAHUBE-OTWA are closed to the public, a maximum of 15 minutes are planned for the 2021 tax season to meet briefly with a tax advisor to validate the customer’s identification and submit all relevant forms and documents. A second appointment is required to sign your tax return and collect your tax package.

Staples – AARP

For those looking for a personal option through AARP Tax-Aide, you can visit the Staples Community Center on Wednesdays from 1-4am or on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. Call 218-296-2159 in advance. This site is open until April 15th.

AARP Tax Aide websites are not subject to any income or age restrictions. All websites only prepare basic returns. Please contact a professional preparer for help with complicated returns.

You need to bring the following:

  • Social security cards for EVERYONE named in the tax return
  • Photo ID for taxpayers AND spouses
  • Documentation of your income for 2020 (forms W-2 and 1099)
  • Copy of last year’s tax return, if possible
  • If you would like to make a direct deposit, please bring a canceled check or your bank transfer and account information
  • Property tax return or CRP (Certificate of Rent Paid) for property tax refund

The Minnesota Treasury Department also lists tax filing software that offers free online tax filing based on specific qualifications. Visit for more information.

Minnesota residents who file an individual income tax return now have until May 17 to file with no penalty or interest.

Governor Tim Walz said in a press release the move would provide “timely relief” for residents. “As we work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, my government will do everything possible to relieve the Minnesotans,” Walz continued.

However, the grace period does not include individual estimated tax payments.

Although the deadline has been extended, Minnesotans can still file before May 17th. “As Minnesota continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will again provide a grace period for filing and paying individual income taxes for 2020,” said Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty commented in a press release. “The earlier a return is submitted, the sooner the department can review and process the return.”

For the latest information on Minnesota state taxes, visit

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