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Homestead property applications due by Dec. 15

Homestead applications for owner-occupied and relative-occupied properties must be received by Dec. 15 for the 2015 payable tax year. Crow Wing County Land Services Department encourages eligible property owners to apply for homestead status prio...

Homestead applications for owner-occupied and relative-occupied properties must be received by Dec. 15 for the 2015 payable tax year.

Crow Wing County Land Services Department encourages eligible property owners to apply for homestead status prior to the deadline. Applications are available at www.crowwing.us , in person at 322 Laurel St., Suite 15, or by calling 824-1010.

Homestead classification may affect the amount of property taxes payable in 2015, and it may affect property tax refund eligibility.

Please file a homestead application if one of the following applies:

• You purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property as your primary residence on or before December 1; or

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• You, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property as your primary residence and the property is currently classified as seasonal or non-homestead.

A qualifying relative for homestead purposes will depend on the type 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 spouse of the owner.

Please contact land services if the property owner or a qualifying relative of the property owner no longer occupies the property as the primary residence or if use of the property has changed during 2014.

Totally and permanently disabled persons who receive income due to a disability may be eligible for additional benefits. Please contact land services for an application. Special disabled homestead applications are due Oct. 1 for taxes payable the following year.

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