Minnesota Homeowners and Renters Can File for Property Tax Refunds
Are you leaving money on the table? Minnesota’s Property Tax Refund may be one of those “best-kept secrets” that many residents ignore. But time is running out – 2016 refund applications must be submitted by August 15.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, the average refund in recent years has been around $900 – nothing to sneeze at! If you own your home and meet the income limit, you probably qualify. Renters who claimed the refund got an average of $654 back in their pocket.
Who is Eligible?
For homeowners, those who owned and lived in their home on January 1, 2018, and had a total household income of up to $110,650 may be eligible.
For renters, the qualification is a bit more complicated. The Minnesota Department of Revenue lists the following situations, all of which must be true in order to qualify:
- You are a Minnesota resident, or you are not a Minnesota resident but spent more than 183 days in the state.
- You cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal tax return.
- Your household income for 2017 was less than $59,960.
- Your lived in a building where the owner was assessed property taxes or made “payments in lieu of property taxes.” If you are unsure if either of these are true, contact the property owner.
To file for the Renters’ refund, you need to fill out Form M1PR and submit along with a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) that you should have received from your landlord in January.
More information is on the Homestead Credit Refund and Renters Property Tax Refund is available from the Department of Revenue.