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St Paul (KROC AM News) -  A deadline is right around the corner for Minnesotans who may be in for some extra cash.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has issued a reminder to homeowners and renters to file for their 2019 property tax refund before the August 15, 2021 deadline. Claims for 2020 refunds can be filed from now until August 15, 2022. Renters have started receiving their refunds and homeowners can expect to start getting their refunds as early as late August.

MN Dept of Revenue

“Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota homeowners and renters claim a property tax refund each year, but we know that thousands of eligible taxpayers do not take advantage or miss the deadline to file,” said Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty. “With the August 15 deadline fast approaching, we want make sure eligible taxpayers do not miss out on the refunds they are entitled to.”

Last year, more than 790,000 Minnesotans filed 2020 property tax refunds for over $790 million in property tax refunds, with the average refund of $1,065 for homeowners and $690 for renters.

Here is more info from the department:

Taxpayers should keep these tips in mind as they file for property tax refunds.

  • Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Renters and homeowners that meet certain requirements may be eligible. Visit our website 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 our website to see if you qualify to use this free service.
  • Include the right information. Renters should make sure to include their Certificate of Rent Paid form issued by their landlord in January.
  • Homeowners should make sure to use the information from their property tax statements issued by their county each spring.
  • 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.

Check out this short tax tip video about filing for your property tax refund

Senior citizens in need of property tax relief may qualify for the Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens which allows them to defer a portion of the property taxes they owe each year. Learn more about the Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens.

Each tax return is different and we review every return to verify the information on the return. Returns may take longer to review and process than in prior years because of the increase in attempted refund fraud, so do not spend your refund until you see the money in your bank account. The department will take the time necessary to review property tax returns to make sure taxpayer dollars are not getting into the hands of criminals through scams, stolen personal information, and identity theft.

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