Although she has used a paid preparer in the past, Cheetara continues to use our free services for low- to moderate-income families because she trusts the expertise of the volunteers and staff. "Here, they double check everything. It's my eyes, the reviewers eyes, and the preparers eyes. I didn't get that with the paid preparer".
Self-employed? We can help you navigate the tax reporting system.
If you are self-employed, meaning you’re an independent contractor or you own your own business and have no employees, we can prepare your taxes for you. We'll help you organize expenses that can be deducted and claim credits you've earned.
We serve self-employed individuals whose household income is $53,000 or less per year.
Scheduling an appointment for self-employed tax prep
If you made more than $5,000 in 2013 or operated a home day care or are a paper carrier, you must have your taxes prepared at our main office clinic. Appointments are required.
If you made less than $5,000 in 2013, you may have your taxes prepared at any of our clinics.
What to bring with you
To make preparation of your taxes go efficiently, we require you to complete a Self-Employed Tax Organizer (SETO), linked to below. Please bring the completed form with you to your appointment. For day care providers, complete a Day Care Tax Organizer (in place of the SETO), linked to below.
Additionally, you will need to bring all items identified in our checklist of "What to Bring to a tax clinic."
Tools and Resources
Self-Employment Tax Organizer (English)
Day Care Tax Organizer (English)
Day Care Tax Organizer (Spanish)
Income Expense Worksheet (English)
Income Expense Worksheet (Spanish)
Please contact Tom Larson at thomas[at]prepareandprosper.org for editable versions of the documents above.
Our tax prep services are offered free of charge to self-employed taxpayers with an annual household income of $53,000 or less.
If you are self-employed and made more than $5,000 or operated a day care or are a paper carrier, you need to have your taxes prepared at Prepare + Prosper’s main office — 2610 University Ave. W., Suite 450, St. Paul, MN 55114.
If you are self-employed and made less than $4,000, you can have your taxes done at most other community sites.
Yes, self-employed taxpayers must make an appointment to have their taxes prepared. To schedule please call 651-262-2169 for English and 651-262-2159 for Spanish.
Filling taxes the traditional way – where a check will be mailed to you — typically takes 14-21 days.
If you have a bank account, we can direct deposit your refund. You’ll typically (not always) receive your state refund in 4-5 business days and federal in 9-15 business days.
If you don’t have a bank account, let us know. We’ll work with you to open an account.