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Minnesota now offers free electronic filing for property tax returns

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue reports that most homeowners can now file for their property tax refund on its website for free.

"We are thrilled to offer a free electronic filing option. It's something we have worked toward for years," said Terri Steenblock, assistant commissioner for individual taxes. "Homeowners who choose this option will be able to file their property tax return quickly and easily, allowing them to receive their refund even faster."

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To file electronically for free, you must be:

--A homeowner filing an original property tax refund

--Filing a refund for property taxes paid in 2012 or later

--Living in your home and not renting or using it for a business

--Electing direct deposit for your refund

What you need to electronically file:

--Social Security number

--Address

--Valid email address

--Household income

--Qualifying dependent information

--County property tax statement

--Your bank account and routing number

This new, free e-filing option saves the state more than $400,000 a biennium.

The department is committed to doing everything we can to expand our online services.

To electronically file your property tax return, click here. Or type keyword homeowner in the Search box on the website, www.revenue.state.mn.us.

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