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Property exemptions

All property except tribal lands is taxable. It’s up to the property owner to prove their property qualifies for exemption. The three key elements in determining exemption are ownership, use and necessity of the ownership. A complete list of properties that may qualify for a property tax exemption can be found in Minnesota Statute 272.02.

Benefits

Property that is taxable as of January 2 of an assessment year, which may become eligible for exemption prior to July 1 of that year, may be exempt for that assessment year if it is used for an exempt purpose.

Deadline

Application must be made by February 1 for the current assessment year

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Our office remains closed for in-person transactions. Resident and employee safety are Hennepin County's primary focus.

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Use one of the following methods to apply for exemption.

Apply online

Be prepared to provide specific information about yourself, your property, additional owners and parcels on your deed.

Apply online here 

Apply by mail or email

1. Complete the appropriate application.

2. Submit application by mail or email to the address on the application.

After you apply

We will:

  • review your application and contact you if we need more information
  • notify you of approval or denial

Qualifications

Supporting documentation

Some exemptions require supporting documentation. Possible supporting documents include:

  • Ownership documentation such as a deed
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Financial statements
  • Any leases on the property or other documentation that indicates taxable uses

Attach additional information you feel is necessary to qualify your organization for exemption, including descriptions of the use of the property.

Online application process

Review the "application process" drawer on this page.

Qualifications

View the eligible property per MS 272.02, subd 7.

Required documents

  • Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
  • Proof of Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3 granting tax exempt status
  • IRS Form 990 or Income and Expense Financial Statements
  • Other documents and records unique to a specific property may be requested

Online application process

Review the "application process" drawer on this page.

Qualifications

  • Eligible property per MS 272.02, subd 7
  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and provide a charity to the public
  • The filing requirements for applications for exemption can be found in MS 272.025.

Required documents

  • IRS letter granting exempt status as a 501(c)(3) corporation, or other documentation supporting the designation; and
  • A copy of the facility’s discharge policy showing that residents are not discharged due to inability to pay; or
  • Proof that the facility is certified to participate in the medical assistance program under tile 19 of the Social Security Act.

Online application process

Review the "application process" drawer on this page.

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