The regular refund is for people who have owned and lived in their home on January 2, 2015. The home must be classified as your homestead. For mid-year move-ins, you must occupy the home by December 1, and apply for homestead by December 15.
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To qualify for the special refund, the following must be true:
There is no limit on household income for the special refund. You may qualify even if you don’t qualify for the regular refund. The maximum special refund is $1,000. Note: If you use part of your home for a business, make sure you read Special Situations on page 10 of the Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter’s Property Tax Refund Instructions (PDF).
Electronically: You can file your Homestead Credit Refund online for free with the Minnesota Revenue’s Online Filing System!
You may download and complete the Minnesota Revenue’s Homestead Application (PDF). If needed, you can find the forms at many libraries after January 1, or ask the Minnesota Revenue to mail you the forms by calling 651-296-4444 or 800-657-3676.
Note: You are no longer required to include your property tax statement when mailing a paper return. Mille Lacs County will provide this information if you are a Mille Lacs County resident.
Your property tax statement will note if your property is classified as a homestead. You may view the property tax statement sent to you from Mille Lacs County (usually sent out in March or April. If you own a mobile home, you may not receive your statement until mid-July). Do not look at your Notice of Proposed Taxes that was sent in November.
If your statement does not classify your property as a homestead, and you meet the necessary homestead qualifications, you can apply for homestead by completing the homestead application (PDF). You can send in the application or bring it to the courthouse. Call the Assessor’s office if you have any questions about Homesteads or if you need help filling out the application at 320-983-8311.
For information on how to file in these situations, see Homeowners - Special Instructions in the Minnesota Revenue’s Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter’s Property Tax Refund (PDF) booklet.
Homeowners - Special Instructions