Homestead applications due
Property owners in Stearns County who have purchased or moved into a new home within the past year and need a homestead classification have until Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, to file the application. The property tax homestead classification affects the amount of taxes that a property owner will pay in 2021, and may also affect the taxpayer’s eligibility for a property tax refund.
A homestead application should be submitted to the County Assessor by Dec. 15 if the use of the property owned or occupied as a qualifying relative has changed on or before Dec. 1, 2020. Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the County Assessor. Law requires notification to the County Assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status due to a sale, move, or for any reason that would no longer qualify the property for the homestead classification.
A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes a child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or owner’s spouse. For residential property it also includes the owner’s uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece.
Applying for homestead classification can be done online on Stearns County’s website, http://services.co.stearns.mn.us/homestead.
Contact Stearns County Assessing Services at (320) 656-3680 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Residents may also mail the Assessing Office at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park MN 56387. If property is in
St. Cloud, contact the City Assessor’s Office at (320) 255-7203 or e-mail email@example.com.