as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 03:54pm
A bill for an act
relating to taxes; property taxes; homestead application; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2018, section 273.124, subdivision 13.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 273.124, subdivision 13, is amended to read:
(a) A person who meets the homestead requirements
under subdivision 1 must file a homestead application with the county assessor to initially
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(b) The commissioner shall prescribe the content, format, and manner of the homestead
application required to be filed under this chapter pursuant to section 270C.30. The
application must clearly inform the taxpayer that this application must be signed by all
owners who occupy the property or by the qualifying relative and returned to the county
assessor in order for the property to receive homestead treatment.
(c) Every property owner applying for homestead classification must furnish to the
county assessor the Social Security number of each occupant who is listed as an owner of
the property on the deed of record, the name and address of each owner who does not occupy
the property, and the name and Social Security number of each owner's spouse. The
application must be signed by each owner who occupies the property and by each owner's
spouse who occupies the property, or, in the case of property that qualifies as a homestead
under subdivision 1, paragraph (c), by the qualifying relative.
If a property owner occupies a homestead, the property owner's spouse may not claim
another property as a homestead unless the property owner and the property owner's spouse
file with the assessor an affidavit or other proof required by the assessor stating that the
property qualifies as a homestead under subdivision 1, paragraph (e).
Owners or spouses occupying residences owned by their spouses and previously occupied
with the other spouse, either of whom fail to include the other spouse's name and Social
Security number on the homestead application or provide the affidavits or other proof
requested, will be deemed to have elected to receive only partial homestead treatment of
their residence. The remainder of the residence will be classified as nonhomestead residential.
When an owner or spouse's name and Social Security number appear on homestead
applications for two separate residences and only one application is signed, the owner or
spouse will be deemed to have elected to homestead the residence for which the application
(d) If residential real estate is occupied and used for purposes of a homestead by a relative
of the owner and qualifies for a homestead under subdivision 1, paragraph (c), in order for
the property to receive homestead status, a homestead application must be filed with the
assessor. The Social Security number of each relative occupying the property and the name
and Social Security number of the spouse of a relative occupying the property shall be
required on the homestead application filed under this subdivision. If a different relative of
the owner subsequently occupies the property, the owner of the property must notify the
assessor within 30 days of the change in occupancy. The Social Security number of a relative
occupying the property or the spouse of a relative occupying the property is private data on
individuals as defined by section 13.02, subdivision 12, but may be disclosed to the
commissioner of revenue, or, for the purposes of proceeding under the Revenue Recapture
Act to recover personal property taxes owing, to the county treasurer.
(e) The homestead application shall also notify the property owners that if the property
is granted homestead status for any assessment year, that same property shall remain
classified as homestead until the property is sold or transferred to another person, or the
owners, the spouse of the owner, or the relatives no longer use the property as their
homestead. Upon the sale or transfer of the homestead property, a certificate of value must
be timely filed with the county auditor as provided under section 272.115. Failure to notify
the assessor within 30 days that the property has been sold, transferred, or that the owner,
the spouse of the owner, or the relative is no longer occupying the property as a homestead,
shall result in the penalty provided under this subdivision and the property will lose its
current homestead status.
(f) If a homestead application has not been filed with the county by December 15, the
assessor shall classify the property as nonhomestead for the current assessment year for
taxes payable in the following year, provided that the owner may be entitled to receive the
homestead classification by proper application under section 375.192.
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