Why must I provide my Social Security Number?

State law (MS 273.124, Subd. 13, Par. c) requires that every property owner applying for homestead classification must provide the County Assessor with a Social Security number of each occupant who is listed as owner of the property on the deed of record, including each owner's spouse who occupies the property. Each owner and their spouse who occupy the property must sign the application. In the case of a relative homestead, each relative and spouse occupying the property must provide a Social Security number and sign the application.

Social Security numbers provided to this office are considered to be confidential information and will not be disclosed to the public. Under state law (MS 273.124, Subd. 13, Par. g,h) they may be given by the County Assessor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to determine whether you have applied for the homestead classification for other properties.

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1. How does a property I own qualify for a homestead exclusion?
2. Why must I provide my Social Security Number?
3. Are homesteads on all property the same?
4. I own and live in a manufactured home located in a mobile home park, are the homestead rules the same?
5. What if I fail to comply with homestead laws or file a false homestead application?
6. What if the owner moves to a nursing home or assisted living facility?
7. My neighbor goes “South” every winter. How long can an owner be gone without losing their homestead?
8. We own two properties in Minnesota and live at each for 6 months, can we claim homestead at both?
9. What if the owner is in the military and is absent due to active service?
10. Can I claim homestead in one home and my spouse claim homestead in another home?