Free Tax Preparation Services

General Information
Tri-CAP is a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program that offers free tax preparation, by IRS certified volunteers for individual returns of households grossing less than $35,000 a year or multiple person returns for households grossing less than $55,000.
Tri-CAP prepares income taxes, CRP/Renter's Rebates, and Homeowners Property Tax Rebates
Service for CRP/Renter's Rebates or Property Tax Rebates only (not filing income tax) is available at Catholic Charities on Tuesday, April 24th
Financial Stability Opportunities Information is provided at all tax sites. Households have access to financial education, requests for free credit and ChexSystem reports, etc.
If you are self-employed as an independent contractor, or you own your own business and have no employees, we may be able to prepare your taxes.
Helpful tools for self-employment: Self-employment Tax Organizer
We are not able to prepare taxes for farmers, daycare providers, taxi services, Day Traders, etc.
IRS Easy E-Pay and Payment Agreement Options
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: All services are available at the Tri-CAP Waite Park office on Wednesday mornings from May 2nd-August 29
Returns are filed electronically and the direct deposit option to receive refunds is encouraged and options provided for.

Printable Tax Site Information

2018 FREE Walk-In Tax Sites (First come, First Served)

Tax Site
Salvation Army
400 US Hwy 10 S
St. Cloud
SaturdayFebruary 3rd-April 14thDoors open at 8:30 am
Tax Preparation 9 am-3 pm
Offering guidance for computer literate people who want to self-file online at this site.
Salvation Army
400 US Hwy 10 S
St. Cloud
MondayJanuary 29th -April 16thDoors open at 3:30 pm
Tax Preparation 4-7 pm
Offering guidance for computer literate people who want to self-file online at this site.
Catholic Charities
157 Roosevelt Rd Suite 100
St. Cloud
TuesdayJanuary 30th -April 24thDoors open at 8:30 am
Tax Preparation 9 am -2 pm
ROCORI District Education Facility
527 Main Street
Cold Spring
WednesdayMarch 7th -April 11thDoors open at 8:30 am
Tax Preparation 9-11 am
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud
Enter through Door 6
ThursdayFebruary 1st -April 12thDoors open at 4 pm
Tax Preparation 4:30-7:30 pm
Enter through Door 6
Offering guidance for computer literate people who want to self-file online at this site.
Elk River YMCA
1337 Business Center NW
Elk River
FridayFebruary 2nd-April 13thDoors open at 2:30 pm
Tax Preparation 3-6:30 pm
1210-23rd Ave South
Waite Park
WednesdayMay 2nd-August 29thBY APPOINTMENT ONLY:
9-11 am

Drop-Off Tax Site
North American State Bank
201 Main Street
Monday -FridayFebruary 1st-April 6th9 am-3 pmComplete intake process, leave documents, and pick up completed returns at a later date
Falcon National Bank
183 Cedar Drive
SaturdayMarch 3rd-April 7th9-11 amComplete intake process, leave documents, and pick up completed returns at a later date

Year-round services are available if you receive a letter from the IRS or MN Department of Revenue with a specific time frame to file. Please call 320-251-1612 to schedule an appointment.

What to Bring to Tax Site (Printable)

Personal InformationIncome & Public Benefit StatementsHealth InsuranceEducation & Child Care CreditsProperty TaxesAdditional Documents
Photo IDWage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R. 1099-Misc) from all employersAll Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements for ALL persons listed on tax returnRecord/receipts of educational expenses for children in grades K-12 (including school supplies, tutoring, art classes)Homeowners: Statement of Property Tax Payable in 2018. Mailed by county in MarchPrevious year's tax return if available
Social Security Cards for ALL persons listed on the tax returnInterest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)Tuition expenses for university, college, or technical school (1098T)Renters: 2017 Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP)Record of charitable donations
Birthdates for ALL persons listed on the tax returnYear-end income for MFIP, SS, SSI, MSA, GA, Veterans benefits, workers compensationInterest Statement for student loans (1098-E)Mobile Home Owners: 2017 Certificate of Rent (CRP) and Property Tax Statement payable in 2018. Mailed by county in June
Direct Deposit information if using-Voided check or routing and account numbersChild care expenses: Provide name, address, and Tax ID or Social Security Number
NOTE: To file electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

Self-Assisted Online Option-My Free Taxes Partnership
This option provides free online federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance for tax payers earning less than $66,000 per year
It is easy, safe, secure, and 100% free
This site is sponsored by United Way and many corporate and government agencies

Click here to go to My Free Taxes


Where’s my refund?

For information on the status of your tax return, you can call or check online with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue

Information you will need includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Filing Status (Federal)
  • Birth Date (State)
  • Amount of your refund
IRSCheck Federal Refund Status OnlineCall Internal Revenue Service
MN Dept. of RevenueCheck Minnesota Refund Status OnlineCall MN Dept. of Revenue
8 am-4:30 pm


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