The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters to file for their 2016 property tax refund before it expires on August 15, 2018. Claims for 2017 property tax refunds can also be filed, though they do not expire until next August.
Renters and homeowners that meet certain household income requirements may be eligible. Visit http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/prop_tax_refund/Pages/File-and-Pay.aspx to see if you qualify. Last year, the average homeowner refund was $892 and the average renter refund was $654.
Since 2012, Minnesotans have received more than $2.9 billion in property tax refunds.
You can track where your property tax refund is in the process by using the improved Where’s My Refund? system at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/pages/draft-wmr-context-page.aspx. The system will show you which of the four stages your refund is in and whether you need to take any action to complete the processing of your refund. You will see the date your refund was issued when it is finished processing.
Each tax return is different and every return is reviewed 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.