Minnesota Counties Extend Property Tax Payment Deadlines and Waive Late Penalties

The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous job losses and financial uncertainty for taxpayers. In response, Minnesota county officials and legislative leaders are moving forward with property tax relief plans. 

Under Minnesota law, property taxes are payable in two equal installments on May 15 and October 15 of each year, called the “first half” and “second half” payments. The county collects property taxes on behalf of all taxing districts in its boundaries and disburses the taxes following collection.

With the first property tax payment deadline approaching on May 15, several Minnesota counties are moving forward with plans to provide property tax relief through automatic abatement of penalties on late property taxpayers.

As new information is made available, we will update our list, here:

Hennepin County

Penalty Abatements for COVID-19 State of Emergency

The Hennepin County Board acted on April 21, 2020 to provide penalty relief to property taxpayers by automatically abating penalty for certain taxpayers who make the May 15, 2020 payment on or before July 15, 2020. For help, contact taxinfo@hennepin.us

Abatement of property tax penalty for certain taxpayers 

The board approved a measure to automatically waive penalties for property tax payments due on May 15 but made on or before July 15. 

This applies to taxpayers who: 

  • Have a total property tax payment of less than $50,000 for all parcels 
  • Do not escrow their property tax payments through a mortgage or escrow service 

Ramsey County

Property tax deadline extended to July 15 for qualifying taxpayers
The deadline for payment of first-half property taxes for qualifying Ramsey County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been extended from May 15 to July 15, 2020.

Properties that qualify:

  • Non-escrowed homesteads.
  • Non-escrowed small businesses with annual taxes less than or equal to $50,000.
  • Non-escrowed residential non-homesteads of one to three units with annual taxes less than or equal to $20,000.

Generally, the deadline extension applies to those who own a home, a residential property of one to three units, or a small business and who pay property taxes directly to the county twice per year and who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Property owners who are able to pay their property taxes by the May 15 due date are encouraged to do so to help support the county, school district and city responses to COVID-19.

Dakota County

Property tax deadline extended through July 15 for qualifying taxpayers

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved to allow qualifying taxpayers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis additional time to pay their first-half property taxes. First half 2020 property tax payments can be made through July 15, 2020 without penalty for qualifying property. 

Qualifying property includes:

  • Non-escrowed residential property
  • Non-escrowed agricultural, vacant rural and open space property
  • Non-escrowed commercial and industrial property
  • Non-escrowed apartments

Taxpayers who escrow their first half taxes through a mortgage or escrow agency as well as properties classified as utility, railroad, machinery and transmission lines would not qualify for the property tax payment extension.

Property owners who are able to pay their property taxes by the May 15 due date are encouraged to do so to help support the county, school, and city responses to COVID-19.

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