The Scott County annual tax statement (mailed in the spring) will provide you with the information necessary to complete the Minnesota Property Tax Refund, if eligible. The refund is based on your household income and the property taxes paid on your principal place of residence. It is prepared and filed separately from your income tax return and currently has a filing deadline of Aug. 15.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website for more information on the state's property tax refund programs.
Special property tax refund program
Some homeowners may qualify for a special property tax refund program. You may be eligible if:
- Your property taxes payable in 2016 have increased by more than 12 percent
- Your 2016 property taxes are at least $100 over their 2015 taxes. (The increase must not be attributable to new improvements.)
- You owned and lived in your home on both Jan. 2, 2015, and Jan. 2, 2016.
There is no limit on household income to be eligible under this program and the maximum possible refund is $1,000. The special property tax refund form is also available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue and also must be filed by Aug. 15, 2016.
Senior citizens property tax deferral program
The program is meant to help seniors who are having difficulty paying their homestead property taxes.To qualify, you or your spouse are age 65 or older AND your household incomes is $60,000 or less. If you enroll, the amount of property tax you pay is limited to 3 percent of your total household income for as long as you participate in the program. Any tax above that amount is temporarily paid by the state on your behalf. This deferred tax must be repaid (with interest) to the state. Learn more on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.