There are four main sections to the Property Tax Statement:
- 2013 Property Tax Statement
- 1st and 2nd Half Stubs
Property Tax Refund Information
Ways to Submit your Property Tax Payments
- Mailing Address Correction
Important Information about your Property Tax Statement
- Programs and Resources
- Provides Valuation and Classification information for Payable 2012 and 2013 taxes
- Provides Property Address, Abbreviated Tax Description and Property Identification Number (PIN) to identify the property covered by the statement
- Property Tax Amounts show the breakdown of 2012 and 2013 property taxes by major governmental authority or tax program - including a breakdown of 2013 special assessments or service charges
About Taxing Districts
Regional Rail Authority - More information about Regional Rail activities, proposed rail corridors and other transit projects currently under development by Ramsey County and its partner agencies can be found on the Regional Rail website.
Public Safety Radio System - Starting in 2004, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved a tax levy to support the development of a countywide 800-megahertz communication system. This system will allow all public safety personnel working for various public safety agencies (such as fire, police, emergency services) to communicate easily. This project is linked with state Anti-Terrorism efforts and federal Homeland Security initiatives. The federal government is providing significant funds to support the development of the system.
County Library - Beginning for taxes payable in 2007, the Ramsey County Library tax displays on a separate line. The library tax only applies to properties located in suburban Ramsey County. Prior to 2007, the Library levy was included as part of the total Ramsey County levy.
State General Tax
The State General tax is a state-wide property tax levied by the State of Minnesota beginning with taxes payable in 2002 and future years on commercial, industrial and seasonal properties. These taxes are paid to the State of Minnesota and go to the State General Fund with a portion used to fund school related expenditures.
Voter Approved Levies - Tax amount includes all levies and debt obligations approved by the voters in the listed school district.
Other Local Levies - Tax amount includes school levies for community services and debt obligations that are not voter approved.
Special Taxing Districts
Metropolitan Special Taxing Districts - Tax amount includes the Metropolitan Council, the Metropolitan Transit District and the Mosquito Control District.
Other Special Taxing Districts - Tax amount includes Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (HRA), Economic Development Authorities (EDA), Port Authorities, hospital districts, and water management or watershed districts. Not all areas have each of these districts.
Tax Increment Financing (Designated as Tax increment) - Tax Increment Financing, also known as TIF, is a municipal development program enabling a city to use the additional property taxes that a development project generates to finance land acquisition, demolition and other costs necessary for that development to occur. Usually the issuance of a bond is necessary to finance these up-front costs. Bonds are repaid by the extra taxes that are generated by the new development and construction. The taxes captured to repay the bonds go to the TIF district instead of going to all the taxing districts that normally levy a tax on the property. Properties with the same market value, class and area will pay the same tax even if one is in a tax increment district and the other is not. To learn more about tax increment financing, read the House Research Report.
Fiscal Disparity - Fiscal disparity is a commercial-industrial tax-base sharing program created in 1971 in the seven-county metropolitan area to promote better regional planning and improve equity in the distribution of fiscal resources. Forty percent of the growth in commercial and industrial property is "shared" with all taxing jurisdictions in the seven-county metropolitan area. A percentage of the value of each commercial/industrial parcel is taxed at a uniform metropolitan tax rate. The remainder is taxed at the local tax rate. To learn more about this tax-base sharing program read Minnesota’s Fiscal Disparities Programs Report.
Special Assessments and Charges
These charges are for improvements which directly benefit the property. Common assessments include streets, sidewalk and sewer improvements. The amount is based on how much the property benefits from the improvement and the cost of the project. The properties market value is not used to determine the amount of the special assessment.
If your property is subject to a contamination tax, an amount will display on this line. The amount of the tax depends on the value of the contaminated portion of the property, whether the current owner was responsible for the contamination and whether an approved clean-up plan is in place.
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Everyone receiving a tax statement receives the stubs with the dollar amount printed on them whether you pay your taxes yourself or a mortgage company or escrow agent pays them.
- NOTE: If your taxes are being paid by an escrow company:
- The amount of taxes due will be forwarded to your escrow company
- The following statement will be listed below the PIN/Property Address information:
OUR RECORDS SHOW YOUR TAXES ARE PAID BY A MORTGAGE COMPANY OR ESCROW AGENT
- If you pay off your mortgage or no longer escrow your taxes, you can use your stubs to make your tax payment
- To ensure timely payment processing, include the original stubs with your payments
- The stubs show the amount of 2013 taxes due and the dates by which payments must be received to be considered timely
Minnesota has two property tax refund programs available to owners of homesteaded property. As a homeowner you may be eligible for one or both of the following refunds if you owned and lived in your home on January 2 of the current year:
- The regular property tax refund, sometimes called the "circuit breaker" is based on your household income and the amount of property tax you pay on your principal place of residence.
- The special or "targeting" property tax refund requires your net property tax to have increased by at least 12% and $100. The special property tax refund is not based on income.
NOTE: You are no longer required to include a copy of your “Statement of Property Taxes Payable” when you mail your paper return.
For more information read Minnesota Property Tax Refund and Special Relief Programs.
Ways to submit your Property Tax Payments
We offer several convenient ways for you to pay: By Mail, In Person, Drop-Off Boxes or Online.
For more information read Pay your Taxes.
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If you move or change your address, you must notify us of this change. Include your:
- Property Address
- Property Identification Number (PIN) for each property you own
- New mailing address
- Daytime phone number (optional)
If you own multiple properties, check to make sure your current mailing address is listed for each one.
We do not forward tax statements, value notices or other types of notification. All undeliverable statements and notices are returned to us by the Post Office.
To update your address:
Call us at 651-266-2000
Email the above information to: AskPropertyTaxandRecords@co.ramsey.mn.us
Mail the completed form on the back of the tax stub with your tax payment
Important Information about your Property Tax Statement
- One statement mailed per parcel
- If a change in ownership occurs after the first of the year, a new tax statement for that year will not be mailed to the new owner.
- New owners of property in the current payable year can obtain a duplicate tax statement one of two ways:
- Online Instructions:
- Go to the Property Look Up webpage
- Enter your PIN (Property ID Number) or Property Address
- Click on the red underlined PIN (Property ID Number)
- Locate the red underlined Payment Stub on the left hand side of the web page and click on it.
- Print your Payment Stub
- Click here to get started
- Request by Phone:
- If you are no longer escrowing your property taxes with a mortgage or banking company, you are responsible for timely tax payments.
- If you do not receive a tax statement and do not pay your taxes in a timely manner, penalty and interest will accrue. Failure to receive a tax statement does not forgive the obligation to pay property taxes or associated penalty and interest charges.
The table shows the penalties that would apply if tax payments are not made on a timely basis.
- Penalty Schedule (pdf)
- All payments must be postmarked on or before the due date
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Struggling to Pay your Property Taxes?
Current Property Tax Payments:
- Partial payments can be made on tax installments
- The full amount of the installment is due to avoid penalty charges
- Payments received after the due date will accrue penalty charges
- Late payments are applied to penalty charges first, then to taxes
- Penalty charges accrue until the tax is paid in full or until the tax becomes delinquent
Delinquent Property Tax Payments:
- Taxes become delinquent in the year following the payable year (Example: 2013 unpaid taxes become delinquent on 1/3/2014)
- Interest accrues on a monthly basis
- Interest is calculated on the unpaid tax, penalty and costs
- Partial payments can be made on delinquent taxes
- Minimum payment must be 25% of the balance due on the delinquent year owing
- Payments are applied in the following order to the most current delinquent year due first:
Struggling to Pay your Mortgage?
For Delinquent Taxes Call 651-266-2002
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