ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of Minnesota homeowners could be leaving property tax refunds on the table despite Revenue Department efforts urging them to seek checks exceeding $1,000.

A new department report says only about 1 in 4 taxpayers has responded to the Homestead Credit Refund notification letters by filing for the relief. The agency has undertaken other awareness campaigns, too.

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The Revenue Department sent 46,456 notification letters and expected 20,000 people to step forward. So far, just shy of 11,000 have claimed refunds averaging $1,333. Homeowners have until August 15 to claim relief for the 2014 property tax year.

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As of last week, the state paid out $12 million less in refunds than anticipated.

The report says some people it notified wound up exceeding the household income limit of $107,000 for refund eligibility.

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