As we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and with both mandates and precautions, we are providing a brief update on our operations.
WE ARE HERE FOR ALL OF OUR CLIENTS. Our phones are being answered and we will be working remotely, mainly through email. Know that we are staying on top of the developments throughout the economy and locally.
We realize each client, each business, and each industry will feel the effects in different ways, and our attorneys are prepared to help you navigate this territory, or to just lend an ear. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this pandemic, and we wish for everyone to remain healthy and safe as we work through these challenging times. We are all in this together, and we will get through it together.
While things are moving fast, we will actively follow the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state/local governmental agencies to revise plans and make decisions accordingly.
Our primary concern is for our friends, clients and neighbors – everyone please stay safe and calm. We stand ready to help answer any questions or concerns you may have, so please do not hesitate to reach out. Huemoeller, Gontarek & Cheskis PLC
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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devasting economic impact of Minnesota property owners. Certain Minnesota counties have adopted resolutions to provide some level of property tax late payment relief for certain qualifying property owners. These resolutions vary from county to county, and a huge percentage of Minnesota counties have adopted no relief programs to date.
Minnesota Statute 279.01 mandates that yearly property taxes shall be paid one-half on May 15 and one-half on October 15 th . Because property tax payments are mandated by state law, only the state legislature has the legal authority to suspend or delay any statutory deadline or obligation. As of May 1, 2020, the state legislature has not undertaken such an action.
Under Minnesota Statue 279.01, individual counties do have the authority to suspend penalties for late payments upon a finding that such penalties are "unjust and unreasonable."
As of May 1, 2020, the following Minnesota counties have adopted policies suspending late payment penalties (click the link for a detailed analysis of each county's program):
Taxpayers should consult their local county government unit regarding any late payment penalty suspensions which have been adopted. It is vital for taxpayers to understand that there are still serious legal implications to failing to pay taxes or paying property taxes late. Taxpayers should consult with a qualified attorney regarding their how their individual situations would be impacted.
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