Blue Earth County residents need to be aware of an important property tax homestead notice, which could affect the amount of property tax they pay in 2019 and could affect their eligibility for a property tax refund.
Persons should contact their county assessor to file a homestead application on or before December 17, 2018, if one of the following applies;
A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the types of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or the spouse of the owner.
Once a person has been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor.
They must also contact the assessor by December 17, 2018 if they are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year.
If a person should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, they are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. Failure to notify the county assessor within this 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.
For questions or additional information, please contact Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services at (507) 304-4251.