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With August deadline approaching, Department of Revenue offers tips for property tax refund filers

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters to file for their 2016 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2018. Claims for 2017 property tax refunds can also be filed on or before Aug. 15, 2018, though those clai...

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters to file for their 2016 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2018.

Claims for 2017 property tax refunds can also be filed on or before Aug. 15, 2018, though those claims for refund do not expire until next August.

"Last year, we sent over $645 million in property tax refunds to more than 875,000 eligible homeowners and renters in Minnesota. We know this is a valuable program for Minnesota families, and with an average refund of over $892 for homeowners and over $654 for renters, we want to make sure all eligible taxpayers are taking the opportunity to claim their refunds," said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly.

The department offers tips to property tax refund filers ahead of the August deadline.

• Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Renters and homeowners that meet certain household income requirements may be eligible. Visit the department's website for qualifications or type property tax refund into the search box.

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• Homeowners may file for free. Eligible homeowners can use the department's electronic filing system to file their property tax refund for free.Visit the website for qualifications to use this free service.

• Direct deposit. Direct deposit is the most secure way to get a refund. Make sure banking information is active and up-to-date when filing your return.

• Processing and timing. During processing, the department verifies identities before checking the return for errors and giving it a final review. We may request information from you during this process. Returns may take longer to process because of the increase in attempted refund fraud due to scams, stolen personal information, and identity theft. After the department completes a final review, the refund is released. The department cautions against spending refunds before the money is deposited in the bank account.

• Include the right information. Renters should make sure to include their Certificate of Rent Paid form when filing their return. Homeowners should make sure to use the information from their property tax statements issued by their county each spring.

• Track refunds. People may track where their property tax refund is in the process by using the department's improved Where's My Refund? system. The system will show which of the four stages the refund is in and whether any action to allow is needed to complete the processing of the refund. The date the refund was issued will be visible when it is finished processing.

The department has short tax tip video about filing for a property tax refund.

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