Federal and state offices offer tax help

To help make filing your taxes a little less taxing, check out these resources:

For individual tax questions, filers can speak with a federal tax assistor by calling 1-800-829-1040 weekdays from 7 a.m. -10 p.m. To receive recorded federal tax information, call 1-800-829-4477 and to request federal tax forms, call 1-800-829-3676 or fax 1-703-368-9694.

For help with state taxes, call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at

651-296-3781. Individual help is offered Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To check the status of your state tax refund, call 651-296-4444, and to access Minnesota tax forms, go to www.taxes.state.mn.us/.

Seniors, people with disabilities, people who speak little to no English and people with a low income can receive free tax help from 28 locations in the Twin Cities area. Go to www.mpls.lib.mn.us/taxhelp.asp. (Filers may call ahead to see if they are eligible to receive services.)

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Aide Volunteer Program offers free tax assistance to seniors and those with low incomes at two Downtown locations: the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St. (A Level); and City Hall, 350 S. 5th St. Room 11 off the 4th Street entrance. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, except on holidays.

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Free File offers free online filing to individuals with a gross adjusted income of $50,000 or less (three-quarters of all Americans, notes the IRS' website). To find out if you are eligible, go to www.irs.gov. Free File is offered through a network of IRS-authorized providers, such as Lillan-Burg Ltd., which recently moved to 207 5th Ave. N. in the North Loop. Lillan-Burg advertises free online tax preparation regardless of age or income. Visit www.lbtax.com.

AccountAbility also offers free tax services for individuals and small businesses with limited resources. Individuals with an income of $27,000 or less, families with an income of $37,000 or less and small businesses with an income of $47,000 or less are eligible for assistance. For more information, call 651-287-0187 or visit www.accountabilitymn.org.