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    Subdivision 1. Requirement. Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 5, whenever any
real estate is sold for a consideration in excess of $1,000, whether by warranty deed, quitclaim
deed, contract for deed or any other method of sale, the grantor, grantee or the legal agent of
either shall file a certificate of value with the county auditor in the county in which the property
is located when the deed or other document is presented for recording. Contract for deeds are
subject to recording under section 507.235, subdivision 1. Value shall, in the case of any deed
not a gift, be the amount of the full actual consideration thereof, paid or to be paid, including
the amount of any lien or liens assumed. The items and value of personal property transferred
with the real property must be listed and deducted from the sale price. The certificate of value
shall include the classification to which the property belongs for the purpose of determining the
fair market value of the property. The certificate shall include financing terms and conditions of
the sale which are necessary to determine the actual, present value of the sale price for purposes
of the sales ratio study. The commissioner of revenue shall promulgate administrative rules
specifying the financing terms and conditions which must be included on the certificate. Pursuant
to the authority of the commissioner of revenue in section 270C.306, the certificate of value
must include the Social Security number or the federal employer identification number of the
grantors and grantees. The identification numbers of the grantors and grantees are private
data on individuals or nonpublic data as defined in section 13.02, subdivisions 9 and 12, but,
notwithstanding that section, the private or nonpublic data may be disclosed to the commissioner
of revenue for purposes of tax administration. The information required to be shown on the
certificate of value is limited to the information required as of the date of the acknowledgment on
the deed or other document to be recorded.
    Subd. 1a.[Repealed, 1993 c 375 art 5 s 43]
    Subd. 2. Form; information required. The certificate of value shall require such facts
and information as may be determined by the commissioner to be reasonably necessary in the
administration of the state education aid formulas. The form of the certificate of value shall be
prescribed by the Department of Revenue which shall provide an adequate supply of forms to
each county auditor.
    Subd. 3. Copies transmitted; homestead status. The county auditor shall transmit two true
copies of the certificate of value to the assessor who shall insert the most recent market value and
when available, the year of original construction of each parcel of property on both copies and
shall transmit one copy to the Department of Revenue. Upon the request of a city council located
within the county, a copy of each certificate of value for property located in that city shall be made
available to the governing body of the city. The assessor shall remove the homestead classification
for the following assessment year from a property which is sold or transferred, unless the grantee
or the person to whom the property is transferred completes a homestead application under section
273.124, subdivision 13, and qualifies for homestead status.
    Subd. 4. Eligibility for homestead status. No real estate sold or transferred for which a
certificate of real estate value is required under this section shall be classified as a homestead,
unless a certificate of value has been filed with the county auditor in accordance with this section.
This subdivision shall apply to any real estate taxes that are payable the year or years
following the sale or transfer of the property.
    Subd. 5. Exemption for government bodies. A certificate of real estate value is not required
when the real estate is being conveyed to the state of Minnesota, a political subdivision of the
state, or any combination of them, for highway or roadway right-of-way purposes, provided
that the agency or governmental unit has agreed to file a list of the real estate conveyed to the
agency or governmental unit with the commissioner of revenue by June 1 of the year following
the year of the conveyance.
History: 1977 c 423 art 4 s 2; 1978 c 567 s 1,2; 1979 c 334 art 1 s 25; 1983 c 342 art 2 s 4;
1Sp1985 c 14 art 4 s 34; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 268 art 6 s 8; art 7 s 26; 1988 c 719 art 5 s 6; 1Sp1989
c 1 art 9 s 18; 1992 c 511 art 2 s 10; 1993 c 375 art 5 s 5,6; 1994 c 510 art 1 s 5; 1995 c 264 art 3
s 6; 1997 c 231 art 2 s 9; 1998 c 389 art 3 s 6,7; 2000 c 490 art 5 s 5; 2005 c 151 art 2 s 17