Appeals & Abatements

What is an Abatement?
A ‘tax abatement’ is a formal, written request, made to the County Assessor on a form prescribed by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, to change the market value or classification on a specific property or properties. Please contact this office for additional information and to obtain a form.

Appeal Process
If you disagree with or have questions about your estimated market value or classification, you can appeal using one of the following methods:

Board of Appeal and Equalization Method
Collect any information you have to show why you believe your estimated market value or classification is incorrect, such as a recent appraisal of your property, recent sales of similar properties, etc. Contact the Chisago County Assessor's Office to review this information and discuss how your market value was determined.

Attend the annual Local Board Review identified on your value notice and present the information you collected. If you are not satisfied with the action taken at the Local Board of Review, then you may appear before the County Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Minnesota Tax Court
If you are not satisfied with the action taken by the County Board of Appeal, you may petition the Minnesota Tax Court. Tax petitions may be filed after you receive your tax statement and before April 30 of the year the taxes are payable.

You may take your case directly to tax court bypassing both the local board of appeal and the county board of appeal and equalization, this involves making a petition directly to the Minnesota Tax Court. Tax petitions may be filed after you receive your tax statement and before April 30 of the year the taxes are payable. For more information, see the Minnesota Tax Court, or call 651-296-2806.

Abatement's for Homestead
If your property was classified as non-homestead and should have been homestead in the previous year's assessment, you can file an abatement to prove occupancy of your property.

In addition to filing the abatement form, you will need to get a letter from two different utility companies that shows when they began providing service to you, and when they stopped if applicable. These letters must be on company letter head and must be signed.

Always remember to keep paying your taxes because the abatement process may take several months to go through the approval process.

Abatement's will be granted for the current year payable only and the application must be received by our office by May 15.