In Hennepin County, They Actually Steal From Grandmothers

Most of the time, claims that taxation is “theft” are esoteric. Minnesota, however, has been working to perfect a form of taxation that is hard to describe any other way.

Geraldine Tyler, a 94-year-old grandmother, owned a condo in Minneapolis. Concerned about her safety in the city, Tyler moved in 2010 to an apartment in a senior living center. However, she was unable to afford the rent on this apartment as well as her property taxes on her Minneapolis condo. By 2015, the back taxes on her condo had reached $2,300, though penalties, interest and fees drove her total liability up to $15,000.

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