Senator David Tomassoni: Reminder to file for your property tax refund
ST. PAUL, Minn – State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) is reminding constituents to file for their 2015 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2017. Claims for 2016 property tax refunds can also be files on or before the Aug. 15 date, but they do not expire until next August.
More than 850,000 eligible homeowners and renters benefited from property tax refunds last year in Minnesota, totaling more than $645 million in refunds sent. An average homeowner sees a refund of more than $840, and more than $635 for renters. The Department of Revenue offers these tips to property tax refund filers ahead of the Aug. 15 deadline.
- Find out if you qualify by meeting certain income requirements. Visit the Department of Revenue’s website to learn more and file online.
- Renters’ property tax refund household income must be less than $58,880 ($58,490 for 2015).
- To qualify for the Homestead property tax refund household income must be less than $108,660.
- Special Homestead Credit Refund: If your homestead property taxes increased by more than 12 percent and at least $100 from the previous year, you may be eligible for this property tax refund.
- There are no income limits for this program and the maximum refund is $1,000.
- The tax increase cannot be a result of home improvements and you must have owned your home on Jan. 2, 2016 and Jan. 2, 2017 to qualify.
- Include the right information. Renters should include their Certificate of Rent Paid form when filing. This must be provided by landlords each January. Homeowners should make sure to use the information from their property tax statements issued by their county each spring.
“The Legislature has created a robust property tax refund program that we want Minnesotans to take advantage of. I know that property taxes can be a burden on many families, so I encourage everyone to visit the Department of Revenue’s website to see if they qualify for a refund. If you have questions, please contact my office,” said Sen. Tomassoni.