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Revenue and Records FAQ's


What tax information is available to me?

The Taxation Section of the Revenue and Records Department is responsible for calculating property taxes, mailing of the current year property tax statements, processing tax payments, distributing funds to the appropriate municipalities, school districts and other taxing agencies, levied special assessments, and calculating and mailing Truth-in-Taxation notices.

When will I receive my 2011 property tax statement?

Real Estate and Personal Property tax statements are mailed early March each year. The statutory deadline is March 31.

Manufactured Home tax statements are also mailed in March each year. The statutory deadline is July 15.

What if I haven't received a tax bill?

If you have not received a property tax statement by the statutory mailing deadline, it is your responsibility to contact the Revenue and Records Department to have a duplicate statement sent to you. Or you may use our online Property Information to print a new statement.

How do I change the mailing address on my tax statement?

If your property tax statement has an incorrect address, contact the Revenue and Records Department in writing, in person, or by phone with the correct address information.

How are my property taxes calculated?

The Property Taxation & Records Department computes your property taxes by multiplying the value of your property by the total tax rate of the district in which your property is located. Residential homesteads receive market value homestead exclusion, which directly reduces your property taxes. Agricultural properties also receive an credit.

The value and classification of your property is determined by the Assessing Services Department.

Where do my property tax dollars go?

Property tax dollars are received by the County, school district, municipality and other local taxing districts in which you live.

The county portion of your property tax dollars are used to fund services such as county libraries, parks, county roads and community services.

When are property taxes due?

May 15 First half of the annual real estate and personal property tax payment (or the entire amount if stated on your tax statement) is due.

August 31 First half of the annual manufactured home tax payment (or entire amount if stated on your tax statement) is due.

October 15 Second half of the annual real estate and personal property tax payment is due (non-agricultural parcels only).

November 15 Second half of the annual real estate (agricultural parcels only) and manufactured home tax payment is due.

If the due date falls on a weekend, the payment is due the following business day. Payments mailed to our office must be postmarked on or before the tax due date.

Can I make a partial payment on my current year taxes?

The Olmsted County Revenue and Records Department accepts payments of more or less than the exact amount of a tax installment due for the current year. If the accepted payment is less than the amount due, it is applied first to the penalty accrued for the year that the payment is made (M.S. 277.01; 279.01, SUBD. 1).

What if my property tax payment is late?

If you pay your tax after the due dates, a penalty will be added to your tax (M.S. 277.01). The later you pay, the greater the penalty you must pay. For details, check the back of your property tax statement or refer to the schedule of penalties for late payment of property tax.

What if I become delinquent in my property taxes?

Property taxes become delinquent in the year following the payable year. Interest and penalty accrue on a monthly basis. The property is put into judgment and the forfeiture process begins.

Residential homestead property will forfeit into the name of the State of Minnesota if it remains delinquent for five years. All other property types go into forfeiture after three years of delinquency.

What if I overpay my taxes?

If there is an overpayment of your current year taxes, you must send a written request for a refund to the Revenue and Records Department.

Overpayments do not always belong to the owner of the property. Incorrect payments can be made by mortgage companies and other lending institutions. Also, payment made at the time of a closing may cause an over payment which belongs to the previous owner. For these reasons, refunds will be sent to the party making the payment.

What is a Truth-in-Taxation (TNT) Notice?

The Truth-in-Taxation (TNT) Notice, also called the Proposed Tax Notice is mailed to property owners during November of each year. This notice indicates the anticipated property tax you will pay in the following year if your local jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by their local jurisdictions to express their opinion on local budgets.

Can the amount of property tax due on my tax statement be different from the amount on my proposed tax notice?
Yes, for the following reasons:

The proposed tax notice does not include special assessments.
Referendums passed could result in increasing the tax amounts.
Property owners who occupy their property by December 1 can file for homestead classification for the following year.

What is Tax Increment tax?

A number of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts have been created within Olmsted County. TIF is a program which allows the increased property taxes generated by a development to pay for development costs.

Tax Increment Financing is not an additional tax. Tax Increment Financing does not affect the calculation of the tax amount; rather, it affects the distribution of the tax. The tax due is calculated the same as for a property that is not in a TIF district, but money that would normally go to the county, city, school, and special taxing districts is instead diverted to the TIF district.

What are Special Taxing Districts?

The special taxing districts consist of watershed districts, the Soil and Water Conservation District, local Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, etc.

What is a Special Assessment?

A Special Assessment is an improvement (such as streets, etc.) which directly benefits the property. It is shown as a separate amount on the property tax statement. The amount is based on how much the property benefits from the improvement and the cost of doing the project. It is not based on the value of the property.

How many parcels of property are in Olmsted County? 

Olmsted County had approximately 68,126 taxable real estate parcels, 258 taxable personal property parcels and 1,689 taxable mobile home parcels in 2015.

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