AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Property Tax Assistance -Updated 9.1.2021
The 2021 Property Tax Assistance Program provided virtually by RSVP volunteers ended on August 13, 2021.
The MN Department of Revenue allows you to file up to one year after the due date, therefore:
- The deadline to file your 2019 property tax refund was August 15, 2021.
- To receive your 2020 property tax refund, you must file the 2020 M1PR form by August 15, 2022.
Additional resources available to complete income and/or property tax, M1PR forms:
- https://prepareandprosper.org/ Prepare and Prosper provides income tax and M1PR form assistance. Phone: 651-287-0187.
- https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers Link to IRS for free income tax preparation information.
- https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free Link for homeowners to file their income taxes online.
- https://www.irs.gov/refunds Check your federal refund status
- https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/filing-property-tax-refund Link to file your M1PR online, request needed forms and booklets from MNDOR or check refund status.
In 2021, RSVP volunteers in collaboration with AARP assisted 1,254 clients virtually with income, property and mobile home tax forms which resulted in $1.3 million in returns to the community. a New Windowens a New Window. Opens a New Window.
*John, an RSVP property tax volunteer, spent 2 hours coaching *Mary to complete her property tax refund, M1PR form through the RSVP virtual Property Tax Assistance Program.
In past years, Mary, and her husband *James attended an AARP/RSVP community tax site. James had recently passed away. He had always been the one to handle all of the financial matters including gathering tax information. Mary struggled to figure out what forms she needed to look for, let alone understand the information on them. John was able to help her complete her M1PR, property tax form. He also noticed that she would benefit from filing federal income taxes to receive a refund for tax withholdings from her Social Security income. Mary was thrilled with the attentive service and relieved to receive a property tax refund!
*Indicates names have been changed to protect identities.
By joining RSVP, you become part of a National movement of thousands of volunteers responding to critical community needs.
Anoka County RSVP connects people age 55 and over who want to volunteer with non-profit and social service programs in Anoka County.
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For more information contact us at 763-324-1661
Examples of RSVP Volunteer Opportunities
Become a Tax Aide Volunteer
Help senior citizens or low income and disadvantaged citizens in the Anoka County area fill out their income tax, property, or mobile home tax returns. Training is provided. No prior experience necessary. Training sessions held in the Spring have been postponed until further notice. For more information contact Tricia at 763-324-1661.
Consider making a difference by driving seniors and veterans to and from medical appointments.
Invest time with your local food shelf in providing emergency food or clothing to people in need. RSVP volunteers serve at ACBC in Anoka, Salvation Army in Blaine, NACE Inc. in East Bethel and SACA in Columbia Heights.
Become a Companionship Volunteer
RSVP volunteers provide companionship for family caregivers. Volunteers socialize, play cards, games, share a movie or listen to music with the caregiver’s loved one while the caregiver receives respite.
Tutor Adult Learners
Share your love of reading and skill-building with others at Metro North Adult Basic Education. Tutors receive training to work with adults needing help with basic reading and English as a Second Language. Sites located in Blaine, Columbia Heights, and Oak Grove.
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
Volunteers are needed in the following areas; front desk, reception, presenters (share a skill), food pick up, and handyman.
Indoors & Outdoors
Local nature centers seek volunteers to assist with special events, program set-ups, newsletters and office tasks.
Volunteer From Home
Volunteer to take grocery orders for clients and enter them online. Computer needed. Training provided.
Become an Anoka County Ambassador!
The Anoka County Courthouse Ambassador is seeking a welcoming, patient and outgoing volunteer to help others with a smile. The Ambassador will serve as the first point of contact for our diverse population. He/she will help direct the flow of traffic during high volume court calendars and courthouse remodel project. This position includes walking, standing and going up and down stairs in escorting constituents to their desired location if needed. In addition, the ambassador may assist in transcribing responses to court forms for litigants that are unable to write in English. The Anoka County Ambassador is a representative of the court and county; and their presence will help promote safety and efficiency as well as create a positive and welcoming environment for constituents. Shifts are available Monday through Thursday from 8 A.M. -10 A.M. or 12:30 P.M. - 2 P.M. Training, orientation and on-going assistance will be provided. Volunteers will sign a confidentiality agreement and must pass a background check.