As a general rule, all property in Minnesota is taxable, unless the property is owned and used for qualifying exempt purposes.
The following is a partial list of common property types that may qualify for exemption from property taxes. Other possible exemptions are listed in state law.
Academies, colleges, and seminaries of learning
Churches, church property, and houses of worship
Institutions of purely public charity
Manure pits certified by the MPCA
Public schools, hospitals, and burying grounds
Public property used exclusively for public purposes
Property receiving exemption from property taxes may still be required to pay for special assessments or other services and, in some instances, makes a payment to governments in lieu of the property tax.
Applying for Exemption
Organizations seeking exemption must file an exempt application for each parcel that may qualify. In order to receive exempt status, there must be a concurrence of ownership and use. The parcel must be used for the specified purpose for which the institution was organized. Additionally, some properties have to reapply every three years. The current cycle is February 1, 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.
At a minimum, the applicant must complete an application and provide proof to establish the eligibility for exemption. This may include:
Articles of incorporation
Copies of deeds
Explanation of use of the property
Income tax returns
Proof of 501(c)(3) status
Certain entities may need to supply additional documentation.
Choose one of the following three common property tax exemption types for the appropriate application. Please contact the Assessor’s Office at 651-385-3040 for more information or for assistance completing the correct application.