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Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips when filing income taxes


Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. – With the income tax filing season in full swing, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering helpful tips for taxpayers when filing their income taxes. The department encourages taxpayers to choose Direct Deposit, allowing for a safer and faster refund.



“Direct Deposit is safe, easy, and convenient; your tax refund is deposited directly into your checking or savings account,” said Assistant Commissioner Terri Steenblock, who uses direct deposit. “You can get your refund twice as fast as a paper check and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost in the mail or making an extra trip to the bank.”



Tips to avoid common errors:



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

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

Complete each form and carry totals to the correct lines. If you electronically file, the calculations are done for you.

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 direct deposit.

You should file the return by the April 15, 2014 due date, even if you owe more than you can pay. You can use our new online system to set up multiple payments with different due dates. Pay as much as you can by the due date, and continue to make payments until you receive a bill from us. When you receive the bill, contact us and we can help you set up a payment plan for the remaining balance.

Do you qualify for free electronic filing? To see if you qualify to electronically file your income tax return for free, click here. Be sure to access the software products from our website to file for free.



More than 250 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites remain open across the state. To find out if you qualify or to find a site near you, click here.



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Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penal ..... 
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Minnesota roads see 12 traffic fatalities in 10 day period

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – At least 12 people were killed on Minnesota roads since February 28, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). Since January 1, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more than this t ..... 
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Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s ..... 
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MNsure Completes Contact Center Representative Surge

Tue, Feb 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

100 total additional agents taking calls tomorrow; hold times reduced by more than 90% ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning February 26, 50 additional customer service representatives will join the MNsure Contact Center, bringing the total amount of ne ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” podcast

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minne ..... 
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2014 speeding past 2013 in traffic fatalities

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being urged to buckle up and slow down. Nearly two-thirds of the 31 people who died January 1-February 12, 2014, were not wearing seat belts or were in spee ..... 
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Governor Dayton proposes funding measure to ensure no child is denied lunch in Minnesota schools

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed providing additional funding in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that every child has access to a nutritious lunch in Minnesota schools. A new report released this week by Mid-Minnes ..... 
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Red Cross Responds to Rochester Home Fire

Wed, Feb 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 — American Red Cross volunteers assisted a family of three after a fire devastated their home on Monday. The woman and her children were provided with aid to meet their immediate emergency needs. Every 8 minutes, ..... 
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