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Last Updated: 10/6/2014

Your Individual Income Tax and Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter's Property Tax Refund

If you are waiting for a refund and want to know its status:

Ways to Receive Your Refund

You can choose to get your income tax or Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) or Renter's Property Tax Refund by direct deposit or check.
 

By direct deposit

You can have your refund directly deposited into your bank account . That’s the fastest, safest way to get your refund.
 
Note: If you close your account, we cannot change your banking information on your return. So if your direct deposit fails due to the closed account, a paper check will be sent to the address provided on your return.
 

By check

If you choose to get a check, it might take longer to get your refund. If your address changes, contact us as soon as possible to avoid delays. If your check has already been mailed, it  will be forwarded to you if you’ve reported your address change to the Postal Service.
 
Income tax refund checks are valid for two years. After two years, you must return the refund check to the department so that it can be reissued.
 
Return your check to:
Minnesota Department of Revenue
Mail Station 4110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55146-4110
Homestead Credit Refund (for Homeowners) and Renter's Property Tax Refund checks are also valid for two years. However, for property tax refunds, the department can’t reissue the check after two years. The only exception is if you can prove that circumstances beyond your control (“reasonable cause”) prevented you from depositing or cashing your refund check.
 
If you can show reasonable cause, you may ask the department to reissue your property tax refund check for up to five years after the original check date. Send your request letter, along with documentation of the event that kept you from depositing or cashing your check, to the address listed above.
 
 

Reductions to Your Refund

The Department of Revenue may use your refund to pay other state taxes you owe, known as an “offset” against your refund.
We may also use your refund to pay outstanding debts you have with other public agencies, if they file a claim with the department. This is known as a “recapture” of your refund. Those debts may include claims for child support, student loans, traffic fines and federal taxes.
 

Nonliable Spouse

If you filed a joint income tax or property tax refund return and the refund was used to pay your spouse’s prior year income or business tax debt, you may ask for a part of the refund back, provided you were not party to the original debt. You must make the request within 18 months from the date of the notice of offset.
 
For information on the nonliable spouse program, contact the department at 651-556-3003.
 
If your joint state refund was recaptured for a debt owed to other public agencies only by your spouse, you as the “nonliable spouse” must request your share directly from the claimant agency. The agency’s name, address and contact phone number are listed on the Revenue Recapture notice we send you.
 
For more information:

Applying Your Individual Income Tax Refund to Estimated Tax

You can have your income tax refund applied to your next year’s estimated tax by designating your choice on Form M1, Individual Income Tax Return.
 
For information on estimated tax payments you have made, contact us.
 

Taxpayer Rights Advocate's Office

If you need help because of financial hardship, contact the Taxpayer Rights Advocate office.