Feb. 20, 2013
-- LawHelpMN.org Offers Tax Help to the Public
Legal Portal Features Self-help Resources, Information, Referrals
The fallout from our nation’s economic crisis has deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Skyrocketing rates of unemployment and foreclosures have left families living in poverty. LawHelpMN.org (http://www.lawhelpmn.org/)
offers critical help obtaining and learning about much-needed tax credits. LawHelpMN.org is part of the national LawHelp.org network of nonprofit legal information portals, and offers a variety of free tools and information for those grappling with tax preparation.
Visitors to the site will find easy-to-understand information about both state and federal taxes, including fact sheets about the EITC and other rebates and credits (http://www.lawhelpmn.org/
, the Minnesota Renters Refund (http://www.lawhelpmn.org/files/1765CC5E-1EC9-4FC4-65EC-95...
), claiming a child (http://www.lawhelpmn.org/files/1765CC5E-1EC9-4FC4-65EC-95...
) and tax rules for adoption, foster care and relatives raising kids, as well as tools, calculators, and other helpful resources. Users will also find links to sites offering free tax filing; Minnesota credit for military service in a combat zone; information about refund anticipation loans and avoiding tax scams; and revenue recapture. A Tax Time Toolkit (http://www.lawhelpmn.org/
link with a summary of some of the most popular tax-related resources is available on the home page.
LawHelpMN.org is Minnesota's online source of free legal aid referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools. The site is maintained by Legal Services State Support, a project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, in conjunction with Pro Bono Net. LawHelpMN.org was launched in 2003 and now serves roughly 1,000 visitors each day.