Refunds & Programs


  • Renter Property Tax Refund
    To qualify, your total household income for 2012 must be less than $56,220.
  • Homeowner Regular Property Tax Refund
    The regular property tax refund is for people who own and reside in their home on January 2, 2013. If the home is not homesteaded, your application for homestead must be made before December 15, 2013. You are eligible if your household income for 2012 is under $103,730.
  • Homeowner Special Property Tax Refund
    The special property tax refund is for people who own and reside in their home on both January 2, 2012 and January 2, 2013. There is no limit on household income for the special property tax refund. Your 2013 property taxes must have increased by more than 12 percent from 2012 to 2013 and be at least $100. The increase must not be attributable to new improvements.

How to apply

To apply for these refunds, use Form M1PR, Minnesota Property Tax Refund which can be downloaded from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Forms and instructions are also available at many libraries after January 1. You can also order them by calling the department's 24-hour forms order service: 651-296-4444. This year's filing deadline is August 15, 2013. Returns can be filed up to a year after the due date. The statute of limitations will lapse for claiming the refund after one year.

When to expect your refund

You should receive your refund by the end of September if you filed by August 1, or 60 days after you file, whichever is later.

You may receive your refund 30 days earlier if you:

  • electronically file your return by July 1; and
  • choose the direct deposit option; and
  • filed Form M1PR last year.

For more information, see the Minnesota Property Tax Refund instruction booklet.

Senior Citizens' Property Tax Deferral

This program allows people 65 years of age or older whose household incomes are $60,000 or less, to defer a portion of their homestead property taxes. You, or your spouse, if you are married, must have owned and occupied your homestead for the last 15 years. The deferred tax is a loan from the state. While in this program, you will pay no more than 3 percent of your household income toward your property taxes and the state will pay the rest. You or your heirs will need to repay the deferred amount before you can transfer title of the property.

A property may qualify even if there are unpaid special assessments or property taxes, penalties or interest. For questions related only to this program, contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 651-556-4803.


  • Special Assessment Clerk