[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz announced that the one-time tax rebate payments of up to $1,300 per family [has started going out last week].
“As Minnesotans plan for back-to-school, we know that the excitement families are feeling is mixed with the stress that comes with buying books, backpacks, and clothes,” said Governor Walz. “We’re going to help with that, both with payments of up to $1,300 per family and universal free breakfast and lunch. I am grateful for the Department of Revenue’s work to deliver these payments to Minnesotans as soon as possible.”
“We know that these payments will take a weight off millions of Minnesotans’ shoulders this fall, especially with the start of the new school year,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “These direct payments are a crucial way to put money in the pockets of Minnesotans who need it and empower families across the state to meet their needs on their terms.”
The legislation, signed by the Governor in May, provides payments to eligible Minnesotans of:
$520 for married couples filing a joint 2021 income or property tax return with adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less. $260 for all other individuals with 2021 adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. Another $260 for each dependent, up to three dependents.
Direct deposit payments will go out first, followed by paper checks in the mail. The department expects the nearly 2.1 million rebate payments to be initiated by the end of September.
“This tax rebate was proposed and passed to help ease the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation,” said Revenue Commissioner Paul Marquart. “Governor Walz and Revenue staff prioritized the implementation of this rebate program this summer knowing how important the payments are to Minnesotans to help pay for everyday expenses.”
Direct deposit rebate recipients
Recipients who chose direct deposit when they filed their 2021 taxes or updated their bank information with the department earlier this summer should see their payments in their bank accounts starting this week, through the end of August. The payment will appear as “State of Minnesota 2021 Tax Re-bate Program” on their bank statement.
Paper check rebate recipients
Recipients receiving a paper check should start seeing their checks in 2-3 weeks, with checks being mailed through September. Paper checks will appear in a plain white envelope. These checks are protected by standard banking safeguards that help detect and deter fraud.
I chose direct deposit, why did I get a paper check?
If a direct deposit is returned due to a banking error or incorrect bank account information, then a paper check will be mailed.
If you elect to have tax preparation fees deducted from your 2021 tax refund, a paper check will be issued to avoid the rebate being deposited into an erroneous bank account.
Can I track the status of my rebate payment?
No. This rebate payment is being processed outside the usual tax refund processing sys-tem so it will not show up in the Where’s My Refund? system.
What if I didn’t get my rebate payment?
If you think you are eligible for the rebate but did not receive it by October, review the eligibility requirements on the Department of Revenue website. If you are eligible for a payment, a customer assistance representative can look into your situation. Call 651-565-6595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can Minnesotans find more information on other tax-related legislation?
Revenue is reviewing other legislation recently signed into law and is working to update the state tax filing systems to reflect changes made to Minnesota’s tax laws. For more information on other tax law changes, visit the Tax Law Changes page on DOR’s website.