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Q: Where do I send tax payments?

  • Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer
    625 Jefferson Avenue
    Wabasha, MN 55981 

 

Q: When are taxes due?
Real Estate and Personal Property: First 1/2 due May 15th
Real Estate and Personal Property: Second 1/2 due October 15th
Property classed as Agricultural: First 1/2 due May 15th
Property classed as Agricultural: Second 1/2 due November 15th
Manufactured Homes: First 1/2 due August 31st
Manufactured Homes: Second 1/2 due November 15th

Please check the due dates printed on your tax statements!

 

Q: How do I calculate the penalty for a late tax payment?

A: On the back of your tax statement is a "Schedule of Penalties for Late Payment of Property Tax". The penalty rate changes on the day after due dates and the first day of every month. The schedule is complex and confusing; if you have any questions please call the Auditor/Treasurer's office at (651)-565-4410

 

Q: My property tax estimated market value is wrong; who can help me?

A: The Wabasha County Assessor's office will assist you in determining the correct estimated market value. (651) 565-3669

 

Q: Where do I change my Homestead status?

A: The office of the Wabasha County Assessor maintains all Homestead applications. Forms may be obtained by phone at (651) 565-3669. 

 

Q: How do I change the owner's name on my tax statement?

A: Real Estate Tax: A legal document transferring ownership of the property must be recorded in the Wabasha County Recorder's office. It is advisable that the document be prepared by an attorney to insure proper form and legality.

A: Manufactured Home Tax: A photo copy of the Certificate of Title with the new owner's name must be sent to the Wabasha County Assessor's office.

 

Q: I have purchased property mid-year. Will I receive a new tax statement? Who is responsible for the taxes now due?

A:Tax statements are sent out once per year to the owner registered as of March 1st of the year the tax is due. A letter is also sent to buyers of real estate from January 1st through the end of the year informing new owners that the seller has recieved a tax notice.

A: The taxes are assessed to the owner on March 1st and will remain on the tax rolls in that name. If the buyer and seller have an agreement pertaining to who pays the taxes, that is a civil matter between them; the person assessed the tax is responsible for payment.

Real Estate Tax is a lien on the property and remains on the property until the tax is paid in full.

Manufactured Home tax is a lien on the person assessed the tax. The lien is perpetual until satisfied and the County can use several collection proceedings to collect the tax including levying wages or other assets, capturing state refunds, seizure of the home, etc.

 

Q: How do I remove my deceased spouse's name from my tax statement?

A: Real Estate: A legal document such as an Affidavit of Survivorship or a document transferring ownership of the property must be recorded in the Wabasha County Recorder's office. A death certificate will not work. It is advisable that the document be prepared by an attorney to insure proper form and legality.

A: Manufactured Home: You must apply for a new Certificate of Title from a Deputy Registrar for MN Dept of Motor Vehicle and present a photocopy of the new title to the Wabasha County Assessor's office. The sellers name must remain on the tax rolls until the County receives the new title.

 

Q: How are state Deed and Mortgage Registry taxes calculated?

A: State Deed tax is the selling price X .0033, or fraction thereof, of total consideration conveyed by the deed. The seller is legally responsible for paying the deed tax. The deed tax is due upon the execution and delivery of the deed, not the recording.

A: Mortgage Registration tax is the selling price X .0023, or fraction thereof, of the principal debt which is secured by the mortgage. The MRT is to be imposed on the recording of the document. The MRT laws do not specifically address the question of who is legally responsible for paying the MRT. However, the laws are clear that a mortgage cannot be recorded until the MRT is paid.

 

Q: Where can I get the dimensions of my property? How can I tell where my property lines are?

A: The tax rolls contain summary descriptions of the property; complete legal descriptions should be obtained from the latest recorded deed.

A: It may be necessary for you to contract with a private surveyor to determine the actual property lines of your property. Wabasha County does not have surveys of all parcels in the county.

A: The Wabasha County Assessor's office has detailed information on all property in the county including acreage, property dimensions, building square footage, type of construction, etc.

 

Q: Where do I get a copy of my deed?

A: The Wabasha County Recorder's office. (651) 565-3623

 

Q: The amount of taxes on a certain piece of property?

A: Check this website, from the home page click Property Search.

 

Q: Is tax information available on our web site?

A: Yes, from this website's home page click on Property Search. 

 

Q: Where do I vote?

A: Check Secretary of State's Poll Finder at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ on where to vote. Or you may call this office for directions.

 

Q: Where do I register to vote?

A: Check Secretary of State's website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/ for voter registration application. Or, you may call this office for a form. 

 

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