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
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 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 1st-August 28th
Returns are filed electronically and the direct deposit option to receive refunds is encouraged and options provided for.
If you receive a letter from the IRS or MN Department of Revenue with a specific time frame to file, please call our office at 320-251-1612 and we may be able to assist you.

2019 Free Tax Site location

Tax Site
1210-23rd Ave South
Waite Park
WednesdayMay 1st-
August 28th
8:30-11:30 am

What to Bring

Click here for printable list of items to bring

Personal Information
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards for ALL persons listed on the tax return
  • Birthdates for ALL persons listed on the tax return
  • Direct Deposit information if using: Voided check or routing and account numbers
  • NOTE: To file electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
Income & Public Benefit Statements:
  • Wage and earning statements (FOrm W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Year-end income for MFIP, Social Security, SSI, MSA, GA, Veterans benefits, workers compensation 
Health Insurance:
  • All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements for each person listed on tax return
Education & Child Care Credits:
  • Record/receipts of educational expenses for children in grades K-12 (including school supplies, tutoring, art classes)
  • Tuition expenses for university, college, or technical school (1098-T)
  • Interest statement for student loans (1098-E)
  • Child care expenses: Provider name, address, and Tax IS or Social Security number
Property Taxes:
  • Renters: 2018 Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP)
  • Homeowners: 2019 Property Tax statement (usually mailed by the county in March)
  • Mobile Home Owners: 2018 Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) AND 2019 Property Tax statement (usually mailed by the county in June)
Additional Documents:
  • Record of charitable donations
  • Previous years tax return if available

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
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 H & R Block

Click here for My Free Taxes website

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