Crow Wing County property tax statements have been mailed, so anyone who owns real estate in Crow Wing County and did not get a tax statement should contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at 218-824-1045.
The property evaluation forms are being mailed with the tax statements this year as a cost saving measure. Owners of mobile homes will get their evaluation notice now, but those statements will be mailed in June as usual.
If your taxes are being paid through an escrow account, use the statement as an information piece not a bill.
If your tax increased or your income decreased, see if you are eligible for a refund from the state of Minnesota. The property must have a homestead classification and you need to file form M1PR by mail or electronically to receive the refund. Forms are available at the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, the public library or from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
You may choose to pay your tax using a credit card this year at the counter or on the Crow Wing County website. There will be a fee added to your payment for this convenience.
Payments being mailed must be postmarked by May 15 to avoid a late penalty. The only exception to this are resort properties with a May 31 deadline. Seasonal business property may file an affidavit to the effect that at least 60 percent of business is done during the five months of summer. They then can also have until May 31 to pay the first half tax.
All checks received this year will go to the bank via the check 21 process with the image being sent to the bank. This will save bank fees and handling time. No second party or postdated checks will be processed.
Payments postmarked after the due date will be assessed late penalties.