General Instructions

Minnesota Department of Revenue does not require you to request additional time to file your return. Minnesota grants an automatic six-month extension of time to file until October 15, 2015.

An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes.

If you pay at least 90% of your total tax by April 15, 2015, and file your Form M1 with payment of the remaining tax due no later than October 15, you will not be charged a late payment penalty. If you fail to pay your tax as required, a 4% late payment penalty will be assessed on the tax not paid by the original due date. Interest will be assessed on any unpaid tax and penalties from the original due date until paid in full.

Pay your taxes online at Minnesota Revenue using the e-Services menu. You’ll need your Social Security number and banking information. When paying electronically, you must use an account that is not associated with any foreign banks.

You can also pay your taxes online at Official Payments Corporation. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Network, and American Express credit and debit cards, and other forms of payment, such as Bill Me Later® are accepted. To make a debit card payment you can use a MasterCard or Visa Debit Card or any debit card with Nyce, Pulse or Star logos.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay your taxes by phone by calling Official Payments toll-free at 1-800-272-9829. This automated service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. At the end of your call you will be given a confirmation number. Save this as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Along with the extension form, send a check in the amount of the estimated tax due made payable to Minnesota Revenue. Mail to:
Minnesota Revenue
PO Box 64058
St. Paul, MN 55164-0058

There is no late filing penalty as long as your return is filed within six months of the due date, which is October 15, 2015 for most individuals. Those who do not pay their current year tax liability on or before April 15, 2015 will be charged interest on the unpaid balance and a late payment penalty.

  • Interest will be assessed after April 15, 2015, on any unpaid tax and penalty. The interest rate for 2015 is 3%.
  • A late payment penalty of 5% will be assessed on the unpaid amount if you pay your balance by October 15, 2015.
  • If your return is not filed within six months, a late filing penalty equal to 5% of the unpaid tax will be assessed.
  • If you pay your tax 181 days or more after you file the return, you will be assessed an additional 5% penalty on the unpaid tax.

If you owe zero taxes or are expecting a refund from Minnesota, there is nothing to be filed at this time, an extension is automatically granted until October 15, 2015 for the filing of your 2014 tax return.

For more information, visit Minnesota Revenue.