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Child Tax Credit
For the 2021 tax year, the Child Tax Credit has been expanded. Many low-income parents may not know that they qualify for the expanded Child Tax Credit or how to get it, especially if they don't have any income or don't normally file their taxes.
Parents can learn more and find out if they qualify for the Child Tax Credit at childtaxcredit.gov.
Parents need to file their taxes by April 18, 2022 to get the credit. Parents can visit getyourrefund.org/mndhs for free tax filing resources that can help them find the best option to file their taxes, including an option to get free help from a tax specialist.
The Child Tax Credit payment does not count as income and will not impact most public assistance benefits.
Free tax preparation
You may qualify for free tax preparation at various locations across Minnesota. You can generally get help at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site if any of the following are true:
- You are age 60 or older
- You are a person with a disability
- You speak limited or no English
- Your annual income is less than $54,000
In addition, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation for all taxpayers, particularly those who are age 50 or older. AARP Tax-Aide sites do not have income or age restrictions. Both programs will only prepare basic returns.
Minnesota Department of Revenue Free Tax Prep Help: Free help for low- to moderate-income individuals who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. For the nearest location, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
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What you should bring
You should bring any statements, forms, receipts or other documentation of your income, tax-deductible expenses, and property tax or rental payments you made. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has checklists are available in the following languages English Spanish Somali Hmong
Self tax prep webinars
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IRS tax question videos