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Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue has offered several last minute tax filing tips as the April 15th  filing deadline approaches.  Follow these tips to avoid common errors that may result in rejection of your eFile or generation of an IRS/MN Dept of Revenue Tax Notice:

  1.  Enter your name and any dependents names exactly as they appear on Social Security cards. Incorrect names or Social Security numbers can result in refund delays or eFile rejections.

 2. Double-check bank routing and account numbers used on tax forms. Incorrect account numbers can delay your refund.

    3. You should file the return by the April 15, 2015 due date, even if you owe more than you can pay. Pay as much as you can by the due date, and continue to make payments until you are contacted by Department of Revenue Collections. At that point, they can help you set up a payment plan for the remaining balance.

 4.  If you owe tax, make your payment electronically instead of mailing a check.

  5. If you are paper filing with a new address, be sure to place an X in the “Place an X if a New Address” box in the header. Otherwise, the new address may not be picked up by our system, and a refund check or letter may not get to you.

  6.  If you move after filing, contact the Department of Revenue 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.

  7.  Be aware of tax scams. Scammers continue to prey on taxpayers through threatening phone calls and emails. The MN Department of Revenue and the IRS will never ask you to provide, update or verify personal information through unsolicited emails or phone calls, nor will we threaten to send law enforcement to your house if you do not pay debt immediately, as the scammer suggests.

 8.  To ensure accuracy and a faster refund, the Department encourages electronically filing (eFiling) your tax returns and electing for direct deposit of refunds.

April 13th, 2015

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