Finance

These resources provide assistance with financial issues, such as filing tax returns or buying money orders.

Free Tax Preparation Search

This web site (from the Minnesota Department of Revenue) allows clients to search for a nearby volunteer tax assistant based on zip code and county. Additionally, clients may specify a language need; notably, Hmong, Lao, Oromo, and Somali are available. Also, this web-site lists forms and information that a client should bring with them to their appointment.

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AccountAbility is a free tax-preparation resource in Minnesota.

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Bill Paying Resources

Refugees usually do not have bank accounts soon after arrival, but rent and utility bills still need to be paid. In order to pay these, money orders can be used. Places providing low-cost money orders are listed here.

Money orders can be purchased at most grocery stores and many local shops. Many families have found Super America stations a good place to get money orders. Also, the Wells Fargo on Phalen Blvd in St. Paul has at least one Karen employee; it’s a good resource for Karen families. Wells Fargo has a language line with interpretation for Karen and Somali languages.

They can also be purchased at all US Post Offices. Below you will find addresses for Post Offices in refugee community neighborhoods.

United States Postal Service

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The fee structure is:
Sending $0.01 to $500.00 costs $1.10
Sending $500.01 to $1,000.00 costs $1.50

Locations near Refugee Neighborhoods

Rice Street Post Office
40 Arlington Avenue E
Saint Paul, MN
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Dayton’s Bluff Post Office
1425 Minnehaha Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN
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Seegar Square Finance Post Office
886 Arcade Street
Saint Paul, MN
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Lake Street Post Office
110 East 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN
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Powderhorn Post Office
3045 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Lowry Avenue Post Office
2306 Lowry Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN
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