A property tax refund returns a certain amount of property taxes that homeowners have already paid, according to St. Louis County in Minnesota. The taxes paid must have exceeded a specific percentage of the homeowner's income.
Certain counties have additional property tax refunds for homeowners whose taxes increased a certain amount over the previous year, according to Anoka County in Minnesota. Some homeowners qualify for both programs. Individuals must apply for refunds; they are not automatic. Applications typically go through a state's revenue department. In some areas, such as the state of Maine, homeowners can apply for refunds even a few years after paying taxes, Pine Tree Legal Assistance reports.