This will affect your 2020 property taxes and eligibility for Property Tax Refund.

Have you purchased or moved into a property in the past year?

Contact your county assessor to file a homestead application if you or a qualifying relative occupy the property as a homestead on or before December 1, 2019.

What is a qualifying relative?

For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes the child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the

owner or owner’s spouse. For residential property a qualifying relative also includes the owner’s uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece.

When do I apply?

You must apply on or before December 15, 2019. Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the county assessor.

Contact the assessor by December 15, 2019 if the use of the property you own or occupy as a qualifying relative has changed during the past year.

If you sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

Martin County Assessor’s Office


Michael Sheplee

Martin County Assessor

Important Information Regarding 2019 Property Taxes and 2020 Valuations

Important Information Regarding 2019 Property Taxes and 2020 Valuations

  • Tax statements should be mailed out on March 15, 2019. Please allow at least a week after this to receive your statement before calling the Auditor/Treasurer’s office. Taxes paid this year were in part determined by estimated market values and classifications determined last year. Two of your three appeal options have already passed on those values. Filing a Minnesota Tax Court Petition by April 30, 2019 is your last appeal option for value and classification. The amount of taxes billed is not appealable, but you may qualify for a Property Tax Refund. Information is available on MN Department of Revenue website.   For more information on paying current or past due taxes, ditch or special assessment, call the Martin County Auditor’s Office at 507-238-3211.
  • Behind each tax statement is a valuation notice. This notice contains important information for taxes you will pay in 2020. Now is the time to appeal the 2020 Assessed classification and estimated market values of your parcel(s). Each Valuation Notice includes the time and meeting place of each jurisdiction for these appeals.   Note – if you do not appeal your values at these 2019 appeal meetings, filing a Tax Court Petition with the Minnesota Tax Court is your only remaining option. Fact Sheets on how to appeal your value are available on the MN Department of Revenue website. For more information about Estimated Market Values and Classifications including Homestead, call the Martin County Assessor’s Office at 507-238-3210.

If you need an additional copy of your Tax Statement or Valuation Notice, these will be available on the Beacon website shortly after mailing at:


To find your tax statement:

1.  Enter in name, address or parcel number in the boxes provided and click “Search”.

2.  If there are multiple parcels under the search you have entered, a new webpage with a list will show up. Find the property you are inquiring about and click on the “Parcel ID” number in the left hand column. This will bring to you a new webpage specifically about that property.

3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage and you will see three PDF images that contain current (if added) and prior year’s statements.

4.  Click on the statement you would like to see and a pdf should open. From here you can save, print, or email out the statement.

You can also pay your property taxes online through this same website and same page, only further up on the page from “Tax Statements”. There is a charge to pay online however. See below for a FREE option of paying property taxes besides cash or check.

A service some people may not know about is the Direct Debit Tax Program in Martin County. By signing up for Direct Debit, you allow Martin County to take out your property taxes from an account of your choice for the amount due on the due date. This will help you avoid paying penalty by forgetting to pay on time. Signing up is simple! Follow the link to fill out the attached form found at the link below and send into our office. We will notify you at least 10 days before the money is taken out of your account to remind you of the amount and the account. Call with any questions at 507-238-3211.


Please remember to bring your tax statement/stubs in with you when you pay. The Auditor/Treasurer’s office is not responsible for any parcels missed if you do not provide all of the information!

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