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Classification is a definition of how the property is used, determined by its ownership and use. They describe the primary use of a property, and affect the amount of property tax paid.
By state law, various classes of property are taxed at different rates. For example, two neighboring homes of equal value will be taxed at different rates if one is homestead and one is a non-homestead property. Class rates are created and defined by the Minnesota State Legislature. New homeowners should contact their assessor to apply for the preferential homestead classification.
For more information please contact the Assessor at 763-689-2752.
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Taxing jurisdictions such as the county, schools, cities, and townships, adopt their budget after public hearings.
From these budgets the County Auditor determines the tax levy, which is used to calculate the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted. The taxes you pay are proportionate to the value and classification of your property compared to other properties in your taxing district.
The Assessor’s responsibility is with market value and classification, not taxes.
The Assessor does not:
Market value is the price a willing, knowledgeable buyer would pay for your property if it were offered for sale on the open market. The assessor does not create this value, but instead interprets what is happening in the marketplace. Values change with economic conditions as well as changes to the property.For more information please contact the Assessor at 763-689-2752.
After meeting with your assessor to discuss your concerns there are three levels of appeal available. These must be completed in order, unless you choose to go directly to the Regular Division of Minnesota Tax Court.
The assessor who values and classifies your property should be your first contact if you have questions or want more information. If you are not sure who your assessor is, call the Isanti County Assessor’s office at 763-689-2752.
This program, administered by the Department of Revenue, provides for two types of refunds.
Applications are due by August 15 to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
This program allows people 65 years of age or older, whose household incomes are $60,000 or less, to defer a portion of their homestead property taxes. The deferred taxes accrue as a lien on the property and are due within 90 days after the property is sold, transferred, or no longer qualifies as a homestead.
Applications are due by August 1 to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
This program provides for an income tax credit on seasonal properties where the property taxes have increased more than 10% and the amount of the increase is $100 or more. The credit equals 75% of the first $300 of tax increase in excess of 10%. Minnesota property owners may claim this credit on their income tax return in the year after the property tax was paid.
Homestead property owners who are legally blind, permanently and totally disabled, or paraplegic veteran's exclusion are eligible for a reduced tax rate on a portion of the value of their property. In some instances, there are income requirements that must be met to qualify.
Contact your assessor for more information.
Homestead and non-homestead property may be eligible under this program for a maximum of 12 months of property tax credit where at least 50% of the structure(s) has been accidentally destroyed by fire or natural disaster. The credit is for the full calendar months that the property is not usable. Property owners should notify their assessor when the disaster occurs and then apply for the credit at the time they begin reuse of the property in Isanti County.
The 1997 Legislature defined agricultural property as 10 acres actively farmed and products produced to be sold. The 10 acres can be tillable, pasture, or a combination of both.
If 10 acres or more are enrolled in a government agricultural program, they may also qualify. Examples of programs are CRP and RIM.
The Legislature intended the agricultural classification for farmers. Farmers annually put themselves at risk financially by investing in a crop they put in the ground or in livestock they raise to be sold later. The class was not intended for people who engage in agricultural activity as a hobby and not as their main source of family income.