Dept. of Revenue offers tips for property tax filers

Every year, thousands of qualified taxpayers do not file for property tax refunds. As property tax filing season heats up this summer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering tips to filers to improve accuracy and help process returns more quickly.   The tips are part of an effort by the department to educate taxpayers about the property tax refund and to help filers navigate the process.

“Many taxpayers don’t know if they qualify for a property tax refund and others make common mistakes that delay their refund from being processed,” said Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans. “These tips along with our improved website should make it easier for taxpayers to file and receive their refund.”

• Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Renters and homeowners that meet certain household income requirements may be eligible. To see if you qualify visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.

• File early. The sooner you file, the sooner you could get your refund. Early filing deadline for renters was May 15, with refunds starting to go out after July 1. Homeowners filing electronically before July 1 may be eligible for the early release of refunds, which will start in mid-August.

• Update your address. Let the Department of Revenue know if your address has changed. Filers who have moved since filing their return should contact the department immediately to update their address. This can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using an automated phone system at 651-296-4444 or toll free at 800-657-3676.

• Direct Deposit. Direct Deposit is the fastest way to receive your refund. Filers should be sure their bank account will still be open in July, August and September when the refunds go out. If banking information is incorrect, the refund will be returned to the department and a paper check will be issued.

• Check the status of your refund online. Filers can check the status of their property tax refund the department’s homepage by clicking the “Where’s My Refund” link.

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