Renters may qualify for a Property Tax Refund based on their household income, number of dependents and how much property tax they paid through rent on their principal place of residence.
For purposes of the renters refund, 17 percent of the rent you paid in 2012 (19 percent prior to 2011) is considered to be for property tax.
The maximum renters refund for 2012 is $1,600. The information below will help you determine if you qualify and how to claim a refund. For more information, see Eligibility Requirements for the Property Tax Refund.
How to Apply
To apply, download and complete Form M1PR, Property Tax Refund. If needed, you can find the forms at many libraries after Jan. 1, or ask us to mail the forms to you by calling 651-296-4444 or 1-800-657-3676.
You’ll need either a Certificate of Rent Paid or Rent Paid Affidavit to determine your refund.
You can submit Form M1PR by mail or, for a small fee, file it online. See Electronic Filing for the Property Tax refund.
Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP)
Your landlord is required by law to give you a completed CRP no later than Jan. 31. The CRP shows how much rent you paid during the previous year, and the amount of property taxes you paid through your rent. You must include a CRP when filing your Property Tax Refund return, unless you have to use a Rent Paid Affidavit (see below).
Roommates: Your landlord is required to give each unmarried renter living in a unit a separate CRP showing that each roommate paid an equal portion of the rent, regardless of the portion actually paid or whose names are on the lease.
Rent Paid Affidavit (RPA)
If your landlord refuses to give you a CRP by April 1 – or gives you an incorrect CRP and refuses to correct it – you may request a Rent Paid Affidavit (RPA) from the Department of Revenue.
Before requesting an RPA, you should make every attempt to obtain a correct CRP from your landlord. When you file a Property Tax Refund return with an RPA, you can’t file electronically and must include receipts and/or canceled checks as proof of rent paid.
Note: To file electronically, you must have a correct CRP from your landlord. If you’ve requested an RPA from the department, you must file Form M1PR on paper – even if you later receive a CRP from your landlord. This may delay processing of your return.
How to Get an RPA
To request an RPA, call our contact number listed above. You’ll need to provide all of the following information:
- The landlord’s name, address and phone number
- The address of the rental unit and the county where it’s located
- Your name, present address and daytime phone number
- Your Social Security number
- Your spouse’s name and Social Security number
- The number of renters in the unit, dates it was rented and amount of rent paid each month
- If you receive rent subsidies (Section 8 or other rental assistance programs)
- If the rental unit is an assisted living facility
Special Renter Situations
You may qualify for a renters refund if you: were a part-year resident; were married, separated or divorced during the year; lived in a mobile home, nursing home or adult foster care; sublet or used part of your home for a business; or paid rent on more than one unit for the same months.
For information on how to file in these situations, see “Renters—Special Instructions” in the Minnesota Property Tax Refund booklet.