Clarification: Apply by December 15 for homestead

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Nicole Hovatter, Communications, 612-543-4325

Clarification: Once homestead is granted, annual reapplication is not necessary. In some circumstances, verification may be requested by the assessor’s office.

If you sell, move, or for any reason do not qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

Apply by December 15 for homestead

New homeowners or property owners who have not previously applied for homestead must apply by December 15 for homestead, including the veterans homestead exclusion.

Homestead applies to properties occupied as primary residences by their owners or relatives by December 1, 2019. The program may qualify the property for a reduced classification rate, reduced taxable market value, property tax refund, and special program eligibility.

Veterans homestead exclusion

If you or a family member is a veteran with a disability, you may quality for the veterans homestead exclusion. The deadline for this exclusion is also December 15.

Veterans homestead exclusion program eligibility

You may qualify if you have owned and occupied your home by December 1, 2019 and:

  • You are an honorably discharged veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher
  • Or you are a surviving spouse of a qualifying veteran
  • Or you are a primary family caregiver of a qualifying veteran

How to apply

You must apply by December 15, 2019, to qualify for the exclusion for taxes payable in 2020.

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