Minnesota State Law provides for a reduction to the general property tax for certain property that is occupied as a person's primary place of residence under the homestead classification. A person who meets the requirements for the homestead classification must file a homestead application with the county assessor to initially obtain the homestead classification. To apply for homestead, the owner must own and occupy the property as their primary residence or the property may be occupied by a qualifying relative of the owner.
The following forms are available online:
Completed applications must be returned by mail to P.O. Box 532 Gaylord, MN 55334 OR in-person to the County Assessor's Office.
At any time, the county assessor may require you to provide an additional application or other proof deemed necessary to verify that you continue to qualify for the homestead classification.
In 2011, the Legislature repealed the Homestead Market Value Credit and replaced it with a new Homestead Market Value Exclusion. For a better understanding of how the homestead exclusion is calculated, click on the following link Understanding Homestead Benefits.
State law requires you to notify the County Assessor's Office within 30 days if any of the following situations occur:
- You sell your property
- You or your spouse move or no longer occupy your property
- Your marital status changes
If you fail to notify the county assessor's office within 30 days of the change, the property may be assessed the tax that is due on the property based on its correct property class plus a penalty equal to the same amount.
Contact the Sibley County Assessor's Office if you have additional questions regarding homestead or need further assistance.