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Minnesota - Local Standards: Housing and Utilities

Disclaimer: IRS Collection Financial Standards are intended for use in calculating repayment of delinquent taxes. These Standards are effective on March 26, 2018 for purposes of federal tax administration only. Expense information for use in bankruptcy calculations can be found on the website for the U.S. Trustee Program.

The housing and utilities standards are derived from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and are provided by state down to the county level. The standard for a particular county and family size includes both housing and utilities allowed for a taxpayer's primary place of residence. Generally, the total number of persons allowed for determining family size should be the same as those allowed as exemptions on the taxpayer's most recent year income tax return.

Housing and utilities standards include mortgage or rent, property taxes, interest, insurance, maintenance, repairs, gas, electric, water, heating oil, garbage collection, residential telephone service, cell phone service, cable television, and Internet service. The tables include five categories for one, two, three, four, and five or more persons in a household.

The taxpayer is allowed the standard amount, or the amount actually spent on housing and utilities, whichever is less. If the amount claimed is more than the total allowed by the housing and utilities standards, the taxpayer must provide documentation to substantiate those expenses are necessary living expenses.

Maximum Monthly Allowance
County Housing and Utilities for a Family of 1 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 2 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 3 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 4 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 5 or more
Aitkin County

1,246

1,463

1,542

1,719

1,747

Anoka County

1,549

1,819

1,917

2,137

2,172

Becker County

1,348

1,583

1,668

1,860

1,890

Beltrami County

1,258

1,478

1,557

1,736

1,764

Benton County

1,388

1,630

1,718

1,916

1,946

Big Stone County

1,051

1,235

1,301

1,451

1,474

Blue Earth County

1,342

1,576

1,661

1,852

1,882

Brown County

1,178

1,384

1,458

1,626

1,652

Carlton County

1,337

1,571

1,655

1,845

1,875

Carver County

1,878

2,205

2,324

2,591

2,633

Cass County

1,269

1,490

1,570

1,751

1,779

Chippewa County

1,105

1,298

1,368

1,525

1,550

Chisago County

1,598

1,877

1,978

2,205

2,241

Clay County

1,382

1,623

1,710

1,907

1,937

Clearwater County

1,190

1,398

1,473

1,642

1,669

Cook County

1,475

1,733

1,826

2,036

2,069

Cottonwood County

1,031

1,211

1,276

1,423

1,446

Crow Wing County

1,295

1,521

1,603

1,787

1,816

Dakota County

1,637

1,923

2,026

2,259

2,295

Dodge County

1,441

1,693

1,784

1,989

2,021

Douglas County

1,353

1,589

1,674

1,867

1,897

Faribault County

997

1,171

1,234

1,376

1,398

Fillmore County

1,290

1,516

1,597

1,781

1,809

Freeborn County

1,099

1,291

1,360

1,516

1,541

Goodhue County

1,498

1,759

1,854

2,067

2,101

Grant County

1,169

1,373

1,447

1,613

1,639

Hennepin County

1,702

1,999

2,106

2,348

2,386

Houston County

1,344

1,578

1,663

1,854

1,884

Hubbard County

1,285

1,509

1,590

1,773

1,801

Isanti County

1,245

1,702

1,793

1,999

2,031

Itasca County

1,245

1,462

1,541

1,718

1,746

Jackson County

1,144

1,344

1,416

1,579

1,604

Kanabec County

1,297

1,523

1,605

1,790

1,818

Kandiyohi County

1,314

1,543

1,626

1,813

1,842

Kittson County

1,130

1,327

1,398

1,559

1,584

Koochiching County

1,079

1,268

1,336

1,490

1,514

Lac qui Parle County

1,033

1,213

1,278

1,425

1,448

Lake County

1,277

1,500

1,581

1,763

1,791

Lake of the Woods County

1,110

1,304

1,374

1,532

1,557

Le Sueur County

1,450

1,703

1,795

2,001

2,034

Lincoln County

1,158

1,360

1,433

1,598

1,624

Lyon County

1,232

1,447

1,525

1,700

1,728

Mahnomen County

1,113

1,307

1,377

1,535

1,560

Marshall County

1,136

1,334

1,406

1,568

1,593

Martin County

1,117

1,312

1,382

1,541

1,566

McLeod County

1,280

1,503

1,584

1,766

1,795

Meeker County

1,346

1,581

1,666

1,858

1,888

Mille Lacs County

1,336

1,569

1,653

1,843

1,873

Morrison County

1,288

1,513

1,594

1,777

1,806

Mower County

1,180

1,386

1,460

1,628

1,628

Murray County

1,118

1,313

1,384

1,543

1,568

Nicollet County

1,390

1,632

1,720

1,918

1,949

Nobles County

1,140

1,339

1,411

1,573

1,599

Norman County

1,096

1,287

1,356

1,512

1,536

Olmsted County

1,441

1,692

1,783

1,988

2,020

Otter Tail County

1,263

1,483

1,563

1,743

1,771

Pennington County

1,192

1,400

1,475

1,645

1,671

Pine County

1,286

1,511

1,592

1,775

1,804

Pipestone County

1,085

1,275

1,343

1,497

1,522

Polk County

1,274

1,497

1,577

1,758

1,787

Pope County

1,260

1,479

1,559

1,738

1,766

Ramsey County

1,552

1,823

1,921

2,142

2,176

Red Lake County

1,176

1,378

1,452

1,619

1,645

Redwood County

1,085

1,275

1,343

1,497

1,522

Renville County

1,180

1,386

1,461

1,629

1,655

Rice County

1,492

1,752

1,846

2,058

2,092

Rock County

1,178

1,384

1,458

1,626

1,652

Roseau County

1,251

1,469

1,548

1,726

1,754

Scott County

1,811

2,127

2,241

2,499

2,539

Sherburne County

1,557

1,829

1,927

2,149

2,183

Sibley County

1,298

1,525

1,607

1,792

1,821

St. Louis County

1,248

1,466

1,545

1,723

1,750

Stearns County

1,383

1,625

1,712

1,909

1,940

Steele County

1,358

1,595

1,681

1,874

1,905

Stevens County

1,244

1,461

1,539

1,716

1,744

Swift County

1,100

1,292

1,361

1,518

1,542

Todd County

1,201

1,410

1,486

1,657

1,684

Traverse County

1,033

1,213

1,278

1,425

1,448

Wabasha County

1,354

1,591

1,676

1,869

1,899

Wadena County

1,123

1,319

1,390

1,550

1,575

Waseca County

1,288

1,513

1,594

1,777

1,806

Washington County

1,736

2,038

2,148

2,395

2,434

Watonwan County

1,043

1,225

1,291

1,439

1,463

Wilkin County

1,167

1,370

1,444

1,610

1,636

Winona County

1,283

1,507

1,588

1,771

1,799

Wright County

1,549

1,819

1,917

2,137

2,172

Yellow Medicine County

1,087

1,276

1,345

1,500

1,524


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