Aug. 15 filing deadline for homeowners and renters approaches

Department of Revenue offers tips for property tax refund filers

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters to file for their 2016 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2018. Claims for 2017 property tax refunds can also be filed on or before Aug. 15, 2018, though those claims for refund do not expire until next August.

“Last year, we sent over $645 million in property tax refunds to more than 875,000 eligible homeowners and renters in Minnesota. We know this is a valuable program for Minnesota families, and with an average refund of over $892 for homeowners and over $654 for renters, we want to make sure all eligible taxpayers are taking the opportunity to claim their refunds,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly.

The department offers tips to property tax refund filers ahead of the August deadline.

• Find out if you qualify for a property
tax refund. Renters and homeowners that
meet certain household income requirements may be eligible. Visit the Minnesota
Department of Revenue website (www.
revenue.state.mn.us) to see if you qualify or type property tax refund into the
Search box.
• Homeowners can file for free. Eligible
homeowners can use the department’s
electronic filing system to file their property tax refund for free. Visit the department’s website to see if you qualify to use
this free service.
• Direct deposit. Direct deposit is the
most secure way to get your refund. Make

sure your banking information is active
and up-to-date when filing your return.
• Processing and timing. During processing, the department verifies your identity
before checking the return for errors and
giving it a final review. They may request
information from you during this process. Returns may take longer to process
because of the increase in attempted refund fraud due to scams, stolen personal
information, and identity theft. After we
complete a final review, we release the
refund to you. Do not spend your refund
until you see the money in your bank account. • Include the right information. Renters
should make sure to include their Certificate of Rent Paid form when filing their
return. Homeowners should make sure to

use the information from their property
tax statements issued by their county each
spring.
• Track your refund. You can track where
your property tax refund is in the process by using the department’s improved
Where’s My Refund? system. The system
will show you which of the four stages
your refund is in and whether you need to
take any action to allow the department
to complete the processing of your refund.
You will see the date your refund was issued when it is finished processing.
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