St. Louis County Board Approves Waiving Penalties for Late Property Tax Payments

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board has approved waving penalties on late property tax payments for those struggling financially due to the impacts of COVID-19.

According to county officials, to be eligible property owners must fill out a short application found on the county website which can be found here.

The deadline to apply for late fee forgiveness is May 31.

Anyone granted the abatement will then have until July 15 to pay the first half of this year’s property taxes.

“The only thing state statute allows us to do is waive penalties for late-payments and that is what this resolution does,” said County Auditor Nancy Nilsen. “Taxpayers do not have to wait until July 15 to pay their first-half property taxes, however. In fact, I suggest people send in payments as they have the money to pay so that it is not overwhelming for them come July 15.”

County officials note, the abatement does not apply to properties where tax payments are already in escrow, properties that are classified as Utility, or for properties that have had a delinquent property tax payment within the last 10 years.

“The Auditor’s Office has been closely monitoring the number of payments as they’ve come in in recent weeks, to gauge if this abatement would be possible. Property tax payments help fund not only the county’s operating costs but also those of all cities and townships, school districts, and other taxing authorities within the county. Most of those jurisdictions indicated that they would be able to continue operating if at least half of payments came in on time and the rest was paid by July 15.”

Completed applications can be submitted by email, mail, fax, or via the secure drop boxes outside the courthouse in Duluth, the Auditor’s Service Center at the Miller Hill Mall, and the Government Services Center in Virginia.

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