This will affect your 2024 property taxes and eligibility for a 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 Dec. 31, 2023.
What is a qualifying relative?
For occupied agricultural or residential property, a qualifying relative includes parents, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the owner by blood or marriage.
For unoccupied agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes a child, grandchild, sibling, parent or spouse of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage.
When do I apply?
You must apply on or before Dec. 31, 2023.
Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the county assessor.
Contact the Rice County Assessor’s Office at 507-332-6102 by Dec. 31, 2023, 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.
Josh Schoen, Rice County Assessor
Suzy Rook, Communications Coordinator