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Homeowners and Renters: Time to file property tax refunds
Department of Revenue offers some tips to help
Before you file, the Department of Revenue wants to remind you of a few helpful tips!
- Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Renters and homeowners that meet certain household income requirements may be eligible. You can visit the Department of Revenue Website to see if you qualify.
- Filing is free. Eligible homeowners and tenants can use the department's electronic filing system to file their property tax refund for free. To see if you qualify, visit their website.
- Direct Deposit. According to the Department of Revenue, direct deposit is the most secure way to get your refund. They advise that you 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. The department may request information from you during this time. They also want you to know that returns may take longer to process because of the increase in attempted refund fraud due to scams, stolen personal information, and identity theft. After the final review, the refund will be released to you.
- Include the right information. If you are a renter, you should make sure to include your Certificate of Rent Paid form when filing. If you are a homeowner you should make sure to use the information from your property tax statements, which are issued by your county each spring.
- Track your refund. If you're interested in tracking your refund, use the Where's My Refund? System. This system will show you which of the four stages your refund is in and whether or not you will need to take any action to allow the completion of the refund process. Using this system will also remind you of the date your refund was issued as well as when it is finished processing.
For any additional questions, you should contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue directly.