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Minnesota homeowners, renters, farmers reminded to apply for property tax refunds

MOORHEAD – State representatives are reminding homeowners, renters and farmers there’s a week left to apply for property tax refunds under new legislation that makes some Minnesota residents eligible for more cash.

“If your property taxes are more than 2 percent of your household income, you probably qualify,” said Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth. “Even if you haven’t qualified in the past, look into it.”

Marquart, House Speaker Paul Thissen and Rep. Ben Lien, DFL-Moorhead, held a news conference Thursday in Davy Memorial Park along Moorhead’s riverfront to tout the increased refunds they supported. “When we began the Legislature in 2013, we really put a priority, we really put a focus on property taxes and reducing property taxes across Minnesota,” Lien said.

Residents have until Aug. 15 to apply for a refund. A homeowner with a household income of less than $105,500 in 2013 may be eligible for a refund of up to $2,657. A renter with a household income of less than $57,170 may receive a refund of up to $2,000, according to the representatives.

“Middle-class families are going to see the benefit of this in Minnesota,” Thissen said. “It’s going to relieve some of the squeeze that they’ve been feeling.”

In Clay County, 3,010 homeowners and 3,500 renters are eligible for larger refunds this year compared with last year.

For Becker County, those numbers are 2,040 homeowners and 1,440 renters, and in Norman County, it’s 250 homeowners and 210 renters, according to the representatives.

“What’s significant about the program is that it’s related to income,” Marquart said. “It’s sensitive to times when a person has financial hardships, and it helps keep you in your home.”

For more information, visit or call the Department of Revenue at (651) 296-3781 or (800) 652-9094.