Free Tax Prep in Duluth
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Instead of paying sometimes hundreds of dollars to have their taxes filed some locals are getting the process done for free.
The long line on Saturday was an indication that the free tax prep in the Duluth Public Library is well worth the wait.
UMD accounting and finance students are volunteering their time to help anyone making less than $55,000 dollars a year file anything from W2’s to dividends and stocks.
“Just try to gather as many tax forms that you receive from the government for 2014,” Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Reviewer Thomas Nordquist said. “That makes it easier on us if we have all the forms. Also the process takes about maybe 2 hours at most so have a little bit of time to dedicate to this process.”
If filing at home and online is more of your thing tax preparers recommend keeping records.
Minnesota has lifted their freeze on accepting Turbo Tax returns.
New anti-fraud measures have been added to the e –file site after reports of increased filings with stolen personal information.
Filing with caution is still advised.
“When it comes to fraud protection just make sure you’re always keeping track of your transactions, anything online,” said Nordquist. “A lot of people trust online banking too much, that’s just on a personal side. But make sure that you keep all documentation that you receive from the IRS.”
Free tax prep will be offered at the Duluth Public Library most Saturdays until April 6th in Duluth.