DO-IT-YOURSELF TAX PREP

(Available until early October 2022)
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Prepare your own taxes for free with support from Prepare + Prosper!

Filing on your own can be intimidating, but Prepare + Prosper will help you get ready and provide you with the resources you need to file confidently for free. This service is limited to people with incomes of $73,000 or less. (*If your income is over $73,000, please check our FAQ’s at the bottom of this page for another free-file option*)


 Our Do-it-Yourself Tax Prep resources include: 

  • A link to create a free TaxSlayer account so you can prepare and electronically file your federal and state income taxes as well as the Minnesota property tax refund.
  • Our Do-it-Yourself Tax Prep Guide: a useful resource to help you navigate tax situations and the tax software.
  • A recorded training to help you set up your TaxSlayer account, use the guide, and get started on your return.
  • Support via email and phone to get you over the finish line and file if you get stuck in your tax return! 

What’s my next step

Scroll down and click the “Send Me the DIY Tax Prep Resources” button below. You’ll get a confirmation email with a link to the free software, DIY Tax Prep Guide and recorded training after filling out and submitting a brief form. 

How do I get help?

Get the help you need by filling out the DIY Tax Prep Support form below (the form forwards your message to our DIY Tax Prep Support email address). We will reply within two business days. You can also email our support address directly at DIYtaxes@prepareandprosper.org or leave a voicemail at 651-262-2181. 

Contact DIY Tax Prep Support

If you have questions about the DIY Tax Prep service or your taxes, get in touch! Click the button above, call 651-262-2181, or email us directly at DIYtaxes@prepareandprosper.org. Please don’t send information containing your Social Security number, ITIN, account password or other private information in this form or via email.

To File for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) only

If you don’t usually file taxes, use GetCTC.org’ simplified tax filing tool to claim your Child Tax Credit and any missing amount of your third stimulus payment. Access the tool here: GetCTC.org/pandp

For Renters’ Credit Tax Filing ONLY

We offer a step-by-step guide to claim the Renter’s credit on Form M1PR through our Do-it-Yourself Tax Prep option. . Access the Guide here.

FAQs

You’ll have access to TaxSlayer to file and print your return until mid-October. After that point in time, TaxSlayer will disable access until late-January while they update the system for next year
If you file(d) a return through the software, please, please save or print a copy of your return, as you won’t be able to get back into the software after early October!

This service is best for people who: 

  • Made $73,000 or less in 2021 
  • Are comfortable using a computer 
  • Have easy access to email 
  • Feel comfortable reading and following written instructions 
  • Want to learn more about tax filing 

People with these tax situations can do DIY Tax Prep, but it is important they understand their tax situation well: 

  • Self-employed customers 
  • Filing for education tax credits (college/university/post-secondary students) 
  • Topics that are out-of-scope for P+P (e.g. rental income, bankruptcy, or clergy income) 
  • Filing multiple state returns 
  • State returns other than Minnesota are out of P+P scope. You can file for other states via the software but support is limited for non-Minnesota returns, if you run into issues 
  • Form 1040-NR  
  • Need to amend their return (originally prepared using TaxSlayer DIY Tax Prep software) 

People with these situations won’t be able to use the free DIY Tax Prep option: 

  • Made over $73,000 in 2021 
  • Anyone filing returns prior to Tax Year 2021 
  • Filing an amended return that was not originally prepared using the TaxSlayer DIY Tax Prep software 

Yes! If you made over $73,000 in 2021, you cannot use this service. It is very important you verify your income is not over $73,000 before you start your return. If you are unsure how to determine how much you made in 2021, reach out to us via phone at 651-262-2181 or email us at DIYtaxes@prepareandprosper.org for guidance. 

Prepare + Prosper can’t help you directly, but we encourage you to go to  myfreetaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes provides free-file options for people who make over $73,000.

The recorded training consists of: 

  • An overview of the DIY Tax Prep service 
  • How to use our DIY Tax Prep Guide 
  • Helpful hints before, during, and after you file your return 
  • Instructions on setting up your free TaxSlayer account 
  • A demonstration of the free software 

Fill out the contact form under Contact DIY Tax Prep Support, call 651-262-2181, or email us directly at DIYtaxes@prepareandprosper.org.