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273.02 OMITTED PROPERTY.
    Subdivision 1. Discovery. If any real or personal property be omitted in the assessment of
any year or years, and the property thereby escape taxation, or if any real property be undervalued
by reason of failure to take into consideration the existence of buildings or improvements thereon,
or be erroneously classified as a homestead, when such omission, undervaluation or erroneous
classification is discovered the county auditor shall in the case of omitted property enter such
property on the assessment and tax books for the year or years omitted, and in the case of
property undervalued by reason of failure to take into consideration the existence of buildings or
improvements thereon, or property erroneously classified as a homestead, shall correct the net tax
capacity or classification thereof on the assessment and tax books and shall assess the property,
and extend against the same on the tax list for the current year all arrearage of taxes properly
accruing against it, including therein, in the case of personal property taxes, interest thereon at
the rate of seven percent per annum from the time such taxes would have become delinquent,
when the omission was caused by the failure of the owner to list the same. If any tax on any
property liable to taxation is prevented from being collected for any year or years by reason of
any erroneous proceedings, undervaluation by reason of failure to take into consideration the
existence of buildings or improvements, erroneous classification as a homestead, or other cause,
the amount of such tax which such property should have paid shall be added to the tax on such
property for the current year.
    Subd. 2. Limitation. Nothing in subdivisions 1 to 3 shall authorize the county auditor to
enter omitted property on the assessment and tax books more than six years after the assessment
date of the year in which the property was originally assessed or should have been assessed and
nothing in subdivisions 1 to 3 shall authorize the county auditor to correct the net tax capacity or
classification of real property as herein provided more than one year after December 1 of the year
in which the property was assessed or should have been assessed.
    Subd. 3. What rights not affected. Nothing in subdivisions 1 to 3 shall affect any rights
in undervalued or erroneously classified property, acquired for value in good faith prior to the
correction of the net tax capacity thereof by the county auditor as provided in this section. Any
person whose rights are adversely affected by any action of the county auditor as provided in
this subdivision may apply for a reduction of the net tax capacity under the provisions of section
375.192.
    Subd. 4. Iron ore. Newly discovered iron ore shall be entered on the assessment books for
the six years immediately preceding the year of discovery and taxed as omitted property. The tax
on such omitted property shall be determined by applying the rates of levy for the respective years
in which the property was omitted.
    Subd. 5. Refunds for iron ore not found. Any taxpayer having paid real estate taxes on
valuations of iron ore, considered to be commercially mineable, which was believed to have
existed, and was subsequently determined not to exist, may apply to the commissioner of revenue
for a refund of taxes paid thereon, as provided herein. Such application for refund shall be filed in
the year in which it is determined that the iron ore does not exist. No refund shall be made for
taxes paid or payable more than six years previous to the date of said application. The refunds
shall be paid from the general fund.
    Subd. 6. General fund. The taxes collected in accordance with subdivision 4 shall be
transmitted by the county treasurer to the commissioner of finance and deposited in the general
fund. There shall be paid from the general fund the amount of refunds determined in accordance
with subdivision 5.
History: (1985) RL s 803; 1943 c 632 s 1; 1945 c 415 s 1; 1965 c 624 s 7; 1973 c 582 s
3; 1974 c 556 s 10-12; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1977 c 423 art 10 s 1; 1979 c 50 s 28,29; 1986 c 444;
1988 c 719 art 5 s 84; 1989 c 329 art 13 s 20; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 71,72; 1996 c 471 art 3 s 4;
2003 c 112 art 2 s 50